Trade Days set for April 21-22

Published 12:00 am Saturday, June 3, 2006

PROCTORVILLE — It only comes around twice a year, but organizers say when the Lawrence County Trade Days and Flea Market comes to the village of Proctorville, many people in the region get excited.

From goats and guns to toys and tools, Trade Days offers a little something for everybody.

“It’s a really good community event,” said Frank Call, Lawrence County groundskeeper and Trade Days president.

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“It brings people into Proctorville and it lets them see what we have to offer.”

Admission to trade days is free. To set up a booth is $15. Concession vendors of all types are welcome and so are the peddlers or garden variety of yard sale items, Call said.

Usually there are 60 to 70 booths, but this year Call said he hopes in boost that number. People from as far away as Pennsylvania and Florida have already contacted him about coming, he said.

All of the money raised from vendors’ fees goes toward fairgrounds improvement. Call said he hopes to use the money to add more seating to the grandstands.

Mayor Jim Buchanan said Trade Days benefits everyone in the community.

“Any time you can have people coming into the community and we can use the money toward upgrading our fairgrounds, it’s a good thing,” Buchanan said. “You can’t lose in this situation.”

Although traffic has been a problem in Proctorville in the past, Sgt. Bill Murphy said most of those issues have been cleared up due to the addition of a third lane and a bypass through the village.

Murphy said motorists coming in for Trade Days should use the bypass during the peak hours of 7 to 9 a.m. and 3 to 5 p.m. to save congestion along State Route 7.