Modified Max’s Trader Days on at Allen County Fairgrounds


By Tara Jones - tjones@limanews.com



Guests come from all around the country to buy and sell guns and antiques during the annual Max's Trader Days and Waterdog Races at the Allen County Fairgrounds.

Guests come from all around the country to buy and sell guns and antiques during the annual Max's Trader Days and Waterdog Races at the Allen County Fairgrounds.


File photo | The Lima News

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

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


File photo | The Lima News

Tom Eischen, of Chattanooga, Ohio, smiles as he sits in the sun selling guns during Max's Trader Days and Waterdog Races at the Allen County Fairgrounds.


File photo | The Lima News

Carl Peters, of Kendallvile, Indiana, shops for a firearm at a past Max’s Trader Days & Water Dog Races.


File photo | The Lima News

Amish teenagers shop during Max's Trader Days & Water Dog Races.


File photo | The Lima News

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


File photo | The Lima News

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


File photo | The Lima News

IF YOU GO

WHAT: Max’s Trader Days

WHEN: Gates open 7 a.m. today, open 24 hours until 6 p.m. Sunday

WHERE: Allen County Fairgrounds, 2750 Harding Highway, Lima

ADMISSION: $10 for one-day pass, $20 for three-day pass

LIMA — This year’s Max’s Trader Days are underway at the Allen County Fairgrounds.

Max McCluer originally announced in the opening week of August that the annual Labor Day event, which typically includes more than 1,800 traders and vendors, had been canceled by the Allen County Health Department due to COVID-19 concerns. However, the following week he announced the event was back on with modifications.

“We have been working closely with the health department and worked closely with them on their restrictions so we could figure out a way to move forward but to try to keep it safe,” McCluer said. “We want this to be safe but we know people love this event and it’s a big economic pull for Allen County and everybody here.”

In order to abide by guidelines set forth by the health department, this year’s event will not include the dog races, golf cart parade or karaoke. Additionally, the vendor list had to be cut from about 1,000 to 800 vendors to abide by social distancing guidelines.

“We’ve had to cut back a bit, but we’re doing all the things we need to do,” McCluer said.

Masks will be required, sanitation will be increased in high-traffic areas and buildings will have one-way traffic and marked capacities.

Other Labor Day activities slated around the area:

• West Liberty Labor Day Festival Saturday through Monday at Lions Club Park — Classic car cruise-in noon, Honey Compass 6 p.m. and Little Texas 8 p.m. Saturday. Antique tractor pull 10 a.m. to 2:30 p.m., garden tractor pull 3 p.m., Shannon Reames concert 5 p.m. and Ryan Stevenson concert 7 p.m. Sunday. Pancake breakfast 7:30 to 10:30 a.m., Buckeye Outlaw Kart Racing 11 a.m., golf car drawing 5 p.m. Monday. Duck races, antique equipment show, flea market, craft tent and food vendors all weekend.

• Ring of Fire 9 p.m. Saturday around Indian Lake — Flares $3.50 each at Aries Pharmacy, Lakeside Bass Pro Shop, Bud’s Marine, Choice Properties, Community Market, Cranberry’s Resort, Framing by Fuller, Hurley Farms, Lakeview Hardware, Spend-A-Day, Winner’s Northside Market and Lakeview Discount.

Guests come from all around the country to buy and sell guns and antiques during the annual Max's Trader Days and Waterdog Races at the Allen County Fairgrounds.
https://www.limaohio.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/54/2020/09/web1_maxs07.jpgGuests come from all around the country to buy and sell guns and antiques during the annual Max's Trader Days and Waterdog Races at the Allen County Fairgrounds.File photo | The Lima News
David Siders, of Lima, shows a spring assisted pocket knife at Max's Trader Days and Water Dog Races at the Allen County Fairgrounds.
https://www.limaohio.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/54/2020/09/web1_max3b1.jpgDavid Siders, of Lima, shows a spring assisted pocket knife at Max's Trader Days and Water Dog Races at the Allen County Fairgrounds.File photo | The Lima News
Tom Eischen, of Chattanooga, Ohio, smiles as he sits in the sun selling guns during Max's Trader Days and Waterdog Races at the Allen County Fairgrounds.
https://www.limaohio.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/54/2020/09/web1_max1b.jpgTom Eischen, of Chattanooga, Ohio, smiles as he sits in the sun selling guns during Max's Trader Days and Waterdog Races at the Allen County Fairgrounds.File photo | The Lima News
Carl Peters, of Kendallvile, Indiana, shops for a firearm at a past Max’s Trader Days & Water Dog Races.
https://www.limaohio.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/54/2020/09/web1_Water_dog_03co.jpgCarl Peters, of Kendallvile, Indiana, shops for a firearm at a past Max’s Trader Days & Water Dog Races. File photo | The Lima News
Amish teenagers shop during Max's Trader Days & Water Dog Races.
https://www.limaohio.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/54/2020/09/web1_Water_dog_001co.jpgAmish teenagers shop during Max's Trader Days & Water Dog Races.File photo | The Lima News
Derek Bouschor, of Sault Ste. Marie, Michigan, walks his dog named Ruby through the crowds at a past Max’s Trader Days & Water Dog Races.
https://www.limaohio.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/54/2020/09/web1_Water_dog_04co.jpgDerek Bouschor, of Sault Ste. Marie, Michigan, walks his dog named Ruby through the crowds at a past Max’s Trader Days & Water Dog Races. File photo | The Lima News
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/54/2020/09/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.File photo | The Lima News

By Tara Jones

tjones@limanews.com

IF YOU GO

WHAT: Max’s Trader Days

WHEN: Gates open 7 a.m. today, open 24 hours until 6 p.m. Sunday

WHERE: Allen County Fairgrounds, 2750 Harding Highway, Lima

ADMISSION: $10 for one-day pass, $20 for three-day pass

Reach Tara Jones at 567-242-0511.

Reach Tara Jones at 567-242-0511.

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