The 67th annual Swappers Day will be held Labor Day weekend, Sept. 3, 4 and 5, at the Johnstown Community Sportsman's Club, 7357 Sportsman Club Road.

The 67th annual Swappers Day will be held Labor Day weekend, Sept. 3, 4 and 5, at the Johnstown Community Sportsman's Club, 7357 Sportsman Club Road.

Club trustee Mark Gavin said the club had a paid attendance on Saturday last year of about 35,000. That doesn't include children under 12, he said, who are admitted without charge.

Funds raised from the $5 admission fee are used to operate the club throughout the year and provide scholarships and activities in local school districts, Gavin said.

Club treasurer Judy Whitehead said the Sportsman's Club was founded in 1941 by a handful of Licking County residents who shared an interest in hunting and conservation, and the Swappers Day was founded soon after in 1944.

Each day the club will host water races for hunting dogs, and a flea market including more than 700 vendors, along with additional concessionaires.

"I would say crafts is probably the largest part of it - picnic tables, benches, handcrafts, stuff out of the barn. We have a few tool vendors that come in, some small equipment, maybe lawnmowers and snowblowers."

Vendors include guns and hunting equipment, clothes and hunting dogs.

"Some people come there and buy all their socks for the year," Whitehead said.

She said the club monitors vendors to ensure they are complying with safety requirements.

Attractions include a helicopter display from the Vietnam Veterans Association of Newark.

"They bring it in on a trailer and let the kids climb up in it and check it out," Gavin said.

Entertainment includes bluegrass music, chainsaw carvers and an archery tournament. Local schools will also have fundraising booths and raffles.

The Sportsman's Club also hosts conservation events through the year, including Women in the Outdoors each June, Fish Day in October and turkey shoots in the fall.

"We plant fields full of bird feed, we stock birds, we do hunter education and safety courses," Gavin said. "We do Women in the Outdoors, with the National Wild Turkey Federation.

"The whole concept is to expose women and their daughters and sisters or whoever to conservation," Gavin said. "We have 15 courses and they can choose four of them. You can choose kayaking, handgun safety, clay pigeon shooting, rappelling, outdoor cooking. It's to give women a chance to be exposed to the outdoors."

"We believe in and support hunting and fishing wholeheartedly," Whitehead said.

Swappers Day admission is $5 and parking is free. For information about Swappers Day, see the Sportsman's Club website, www.jcscOhio.org. Pets are not allowed at the event.