Max’s Trader Days returning to Lima


By Tara Jones - tjones@limanews.com



Sunny Boy (lead) and Papa Smurf participate in a race during the last year’s Max’s Trader Days and Water Dog Races at the Allen County Fairgrounds.

Sunny Boy (lead) and Papa Smurf participate in a race during the last year’s Max’s Trader Days and Water Dog Races at the Allen County Fairgrounds.


The Lima News file

Guests come from all around to buy and sell guns and antiques during Max’s Trader Days and Water Dog Races at the Allen County Fairgrounds.

Guests come from all around to buy and sell guns and antiques during Max’s Trader Days and Water Dog Races at the Allen County Fairgrounds.


The Lima News file

David Siders of Lima shows a spring assisted pocket knife during last year’s Max’s Trader Days and Water Dog Races at the Allen County Fairgrounds.


The Lima News file

Tom Eischen, of Chattanooga, smiles as he sits in the sun selling guns during last year’s Max’s Trader Days and Water Dog Races at the Allen County Fairgrounds.


The Lima News file

Derek Bouschor, of Sault Ste. Marie, Michigan, walks his dog Ruby, through the crowds at Max’s Trader Days & Water Dog Races.


The Lima News file

Paul Lauer of Dayton takes a look at a hot cutter during Max’s Trader Days and the Water Dog Races.


The Lima News file

Sunny Boy takes the lead during Max’s Trader Days and Water Dog Races at the Allen County Fairgrounds.


The Lima News file

IF YOU GO

WHAT: Max’s Trader Days and Water Dog Races

WHEN: 7 a.m today to 7 p.m. Sunday

WHERE: Allen County Fairgrounds, 2750 Harding Highway, Lima

ADMISSION: General admission age 12 and over $10 for one-day pass, $20 three-day pass

LIMA — Get your guns and dogs ready because Max's Trader Days and Water Dog Races will be taking over the Allen County Fairgrounds once again.

As of Monday, just 15 campsites remained of the 1,800 available. Of those spots, about 1,000 vendors have registered for the event, items for sale ranging from candles and jewelry to hunting and fishing supplies.

“Pretty much anybody can vend. We take almost anything you can imagine,” said Denise Newland, one of the event organizers. “It’s the biggest trader event I’ve seen or heard of. We’ve got anything you can imagine, from candles to straw bikinis to dogs and everything. If they want to find anything unusual, they can usually find it here.”

Gates open at 7 a.m. today and will remain open 24 hours until the end of the show Sunday evening.

“Admission is open all hours, we don’t close them (the gates), but if someone comes in around midnight or so, we can’t guarantee what vendors will be open,” Newland said.

Other vendors will be selling the likes of custom signs, dog and horse supplies, animal traps, clothing, cast iron cookware and guns. Guests are able to bring their own golf cart for a $25 permit to browse all sites.

Registration for the water dog races will close at 6 p.m. today, 5 p.m. Saturday and 11 a.m. Sunday with racing to commence shortly after each deadline. Registration is $15 the day of the event. In the past, there have been anywhere between three to seven heats of dog racing, all depending upon the number of dogs participating.

In its second year last year, the Hound Dog Race only drew three four-legged competitors, so the event where you could register any dog has been removed for this year.

Sunny Boy (lead) and Papa Smurf participate in a race during the last year’s Max’s Trader Days and Water Dog Races at the Allen County Fairgrounds.
https://www.limaohio.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/54/2019/08/web1_waterdogs01.jpgSunny Boy (lead) and Papa Smurf participate in a race during the last year’s Max’s Trader Days and Water Dog Races at the Allen County Fairgrounds. The Lima News file
Guests come from all around to buy and sell guns and antiques during Max’s Trader Days and Water Dog Races at the Allen County Fairgrounds.
https://www.limaohio.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/54/2019/08/web1_maxs07.jpgGuests come from all around to buy and sell guns and antiques during Max’s Trader Days and Water Dog Races at the Allen County Fairgrounds. The Lima News file
David Siders of Lima shows a spring assisted pocket knife during last year’s Max’s Trader Days and Water Dog Races at the Allen County Fairgrounds.
https://www.limaohio.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/54/2019/08/web1_max3b1.jpgDavid Siders of Lima shows a spring assisted pocket knife during last year’s Max’s Trader Days and Water Dog Races at the Allen County Fairgrounds. The Lima News file
Tom Eischen, of Chattanooga, smiles as he sits in the sun selling guns during last year’s Max’s Trader Days and Water Dog Races at the Allen County Fairgrounds.
https://www.limaohio.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/54/2019/08/web1_max1b.jpgTom Eischen, of Chattanooga, smiles as he sits in the sun selling guns during last year’s Max’s Trader Days and Water Dog Races at the Allen County Fairgrounds. The Lima News file
Derek Bouschor, of Sault Ste. Marie, Michigan, walks his dog Ruby, through the crowds at Max’s Trader Days & Water Dog Races.
https://www.limaohio.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/54/2019/08/web1_Water_dog_04co.jpgDerek Bouschor, of Sault Ste. Marie, Michigan, walks his dog Ruby, through the crowds at Max’s Trader Days & Water Dog Races. The Lima News file
Paul Lauer of Dayton takes a look at a hot cutter during Max’s Trader Days and the Water Dog Races.
https://www.limaohio.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/54/2019/08/web1_WaterDog-September-02-20165.jpgPaul Lauer of Dayton takes a look at a hot cutter during Max’s Trader Days and the Water Dog Races. The Lima News file
Sunny Boy takes the lead during Max’s Trader Days and Water Dog Races at the Allen County Fairgrounds.
https://www.limaohio.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/54/2019/08/web1_waterdogs02.jpgSunny Boy takes the lead during Max’s Trader Days and Water Dog Races at the Allen County Fairgrounds. The Lima News file

By Tara Jones

tjones@limanews.com

IF YOU GO

WHAT: Max’s Trader Days and Water Dog Races

WHEN: 7 a.m today to 7 p.m. Sunday

WHERE: Allen County Fairgrounds, 2750 Harding Highway, Lima

ADMISSION: General admission age 12 and over $10 for one-day pass, $20 three-day pass

Reach Tara Jones at 567-242-0511.

Reach Tara Jones at 567-242-0511.

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