Ripley on sale and flea market at Lakes May 28-29
Ripley is on sale, as is Cedar Lakes.
For the first time, the annual Main Street Ripley Memorial Day weekend event on the Courthouse Lawn will have a partner. The Lakes Flea Market will be held at the same time as Ripley on Sale. The events will take place on Friday, May 28 from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Saturday, May 29 from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.
“It was a great time to refresh something that has been in place for many years,” said Sally Blessing, Acting Director of Main Street Ripley. “We’ve been in this field for 21 years, so this partnership is a welcome addition.”
In 2020, Cedar Lakes Conference Center hosted its first flea market.
“We were able to run the event last year because it was outside and we followed all of the guidelines,” said Karen Facemyer, Director of Cedar Lakes. “For an event for the first time under unusual circumstances, it was a great success. So when we were offered this opportunity to partner with Main Street, we jumped on board. “
Both directors sit on the board of directors of the Ripley Convention and Visitors Bureau. As ideas were discussed for events, the collaboration was born.
“We looked at each other and thought, ‘We should do something together,’” Blessing recalled.
Realizing that concerns may still be in place for many regarding the pandemic, Main Street Ripley and Cedar Lakes will follow any existing CDC or state guidelines.
“We will show everyone how to run a responsible and safe COVID event,” Blessing said with a smile.
Each place will offer a variety of crafts, as well as several activities.
On Friday, the gazebo will be the site of an all-day opportunity for people to share their talents. A martial arts demonstration by the Ripley Family Martial Arts Center will be the highlight on Saturday.
Cedar Lakes will have horse and buggy rides available for a small fee.
When it comes to items for sale, the sky is the limit according to Facemyer and Blessing.
“We’ll have soaps, baby items, comforters, antiques, to name a few,” Facemyer said. For Main Street, Blessing said there will be a wide variety of items, including vegetables, flowers, crafts, vendors such as Tupperware and Pampered Chef, and second-hand treasures.
Food trucks will be on hand to feed what is hoped to be a large crowd.
“We will be launching the Sisters BBQ Company,” Blessing said. “These are the ladies who ate Bogey’s BBQ & Grille, Trisha Ludwig and Brandy Strobbe. We are delighted that they wanted to come to Ripley on Sale. And we’ll also have the ever popular That Donut Place. “
For Cedar Lakes, Snobiz will be on site, as well as the Cedar Lakes food truck that will offer hot dogs, pepperoni rolls and other snacks.
Not only will there be sales, activities and food, but a “Dash for Cash” race will start at 9 am on Saturday. For the first time, the race will be a 10k, starting at the Alpine Theater, going to Cedar Lakes and back to the Alpine for end-of-race rewards. Traditional 5K will also be offered with a separate itinerary.
“We had riders asking for a tougher race,” Blessing explained. “And luckily this year we’re delivering that with the help of our co-sponsor, City National Bank.
For Main Street Ripley and the Cedar Lakes Conference Center, it’s about offering more for the county.
“It’s bigger and better for Jackson County,” Facemyer said. “What could be better than having two days of shopping and two places to shop? These two outdoor places should also make people feel safer and more comfortable. “
One thing Blessing said people should be prepared for when they visit the courthouse lawn …
“We’ll put stickers on you if we can catch you,” she laughs. “It’s our way of informing ourselves about attendance. We have been doing this for years.
For more information on Ripley on Sale and Dash for Cash, contact Main Street Ripley at 304-372-1637. The deadline to reserve a place is Wednesday, May 26 at 5 p.m. For Cedar Lakes, contact Facemyer or Melissa Litton at 304-372-7860. There is no deadline to reserve a zone. The cost is $ 30 per seat at each location, with an additional $ 5 if electricity is required.