More activities for young and old are planned for the 64th annual Swappers Weekend, to begin at 8 a.m. on Saturday, Aug. 30, and continue through Labor Day.

More activities for young and old are planned for the 64th annual Swappers Weekend, to begin at 8 a.m. on Saturday, Aug. 30, and continue through Labor Day.

The Johnstown Community Sportsman's Club, Inc., sponsors the annual event that first began as a hunt, then expanded to include crafts and other activities, said Dave Maynard, president of the club.

"This year we're fencing off the southwest corner of the grounds to have inflatable activities for the kids," he said. "We'll have a slide and a bounce house."

For the older crowd, two chainsaw carvers will be on hand, with their work being raffled during the weekend.

"We're trying to get more stuff like that," Maynard said. "We'll also have fly fishing demonstrations by the pond entrance. There's a group from Granville that loves to teach fly fishing."

Maynard said men attend Swappers to find hunting supplies, while the women like the crafts.

"It's more of a family thing," he said, "and with the price of gas, it's a short trip."

Judy Whitehead, club treasurer, said many people come to Swappers to buy socks.

"The sock concessions do well," she said.

Seven hundred vendor spots have been filled on the Sportsman Club grounds, 7357 Sportsman Club Road.

"The Amish will have their baked goods on Saturday and Monday," Whitehead said. "A man from Millersport will be there with his good Weldon's Ice Cream. He'll have sweet corn too. There will also be a chicken and noodle soup wagon. A lady who fries pork rinds will be back. It's a good place to come and eat your way down the midway."

Whitehead said Swappers is hoping to attract old-fashioned crafters like candle makers.

"Most we contacted were tied up this year but we're on the list, possibly for next year," she said. "We're always looking to add."

Returning to Swappers will be a 3-D archery range, and the Ohio Division of Wildlife will display different animal pelts in the educational building.

"They will have a game for the kids to play," Whitehead added.

Swappers traditional coon dog races will take place every day of the weekend.

"We keep it going, because that's how it began," Maynard said. "People from West Virginia, New York and Indiana and all over come to race the dogs. Many are from far away from here. They like the atmosphere here."

Spectators can place bets on the dogs like horse racing, Maynard said.

"It's an 80 to 20 split, and we get 20 percent of the pot," he said.

Trader's Row will also be back with dogs and other small animals for sale.

A member of the Sportsman's Club will also have alpacas on the grounds near the Pepsi stand.

Various raffles will take place during the weekend.

Whitehead said the Women in the Outdoors will raffle a Knight Muzzle Loading Rifle. All tickets will be sold at Swappers, with the drawing at 5 p.m. on Monday.

The Sportsmen Alliance will also raffle a bass boat and all-terrain vehicle.

There will be 50-50 raffles at noon and 5 p.m. daily.

New this year, Whitehead said, music will be played in the gazebo by the clubhouse on Saturday and Sunday evenings.

"It will be sing-along or play-along type of music," she said. "We hope for good weather. At the bigger gazebo, we plan to keep the area clear so you can go in and relax. We're trying to move some things around, so there's easier access."

For the first time ever, Recreation Vehicle parking is being offered across from the pond, Maynard said.

"We've had requests for that for a lot of years," he said.

Cost to attend Swappers is $4; it's free for children age 12 and under. Parking is free. Limited handicap parking is available across from the Sportsman's Club. No pets are permitted on the grounds.

For more information about Swappers, go online at www.swappersday.org.