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.
Reach Tara Jones at 567-242-0511.