Organizers of this year's Swapper's Day are working day and night to prepare for the giant flea market, which features 740 vendors on 25 acres of land.

Organizers of this year's Swapper's Day are working day and night to prepare for the giant flea market, which features 740 vendors on 25 acres of land.

Last year, more than 30,000 people came through the flea market gates at the Johnstown Community Sportsmen's Club, 7357 Sportsmanclub Road, said Linda Harger, secretary for the flea market.

Johnstown Community Sportsman's Club trustee Bill Earlewine said he's excited to see the turn out at the 66th annual Swapper's Day.

"It's great," said club trustee Bill Earlewine. "People come from all around and have their families get together and come visit and shop and have a good time."

The vendors come from all over, too.

"We have sold some (booths) from as far away as Colorado and Florida, but we have many, many vendors that are from Ohio," Harger said.

Swapper's Day, a Johnstown tradition, was begun decades ago as a time for the members of the Johnstown Community Sportsman's Club to race their prize hunting dogs, as well as sell or trade guns and dogs.

The event, which is held during the three-day Labor Day weekend, has grown into a family affair. Admission is $5 for adults, with children under 12 receiving free admission.

And it's not just dogs and guns available for sale anymore.

Earlewine, who has been a member of the club since 1946, said that the event will feature more than 750 vendors selling everything from "bolts to automobiles."

"A lot of people come there to do their shopping for Christmas, for Thanksgiving, for Halloween," he said.

Harger said that the flea market's variety is astounding.

"Anything that you might use in your home on a daily basis or otherwise would be available at this market," she said.

"Everything from outdoor furniture to antique indoor furniture to all sorts of food to gadgets that you cook food with If you can eat it, sit on it, look at it, dress in it, you name it, you can find it at the swapper's sale."

Harger said the market has become a tradition for many local shoppers, including herself.

"I always buy my socks there from a lady from North Carolina. She's my sock lady and I always go to her (booth)."

Swapper's Day still includes dog races, but pets are not allowed on the grounds - including pets purchased at the event, which must be taken home immediately, Earlewine said.

Water races for hunting dogs begin at 11 a.m. daily. Other events and activities include archery contests, performances by bluegrass bands, an Alpaca petting zoo, and chain saw carving demonstrations.

Earlewine said the event is family-friendly.

"It's a really nice event. We try to run a clean show, we don't allow alcohol on the grounds."

A bouncy house and bungee jump, as well as a remote-controlled race track will be available for children, Harger said.

"It's something to do while mom and dad are shopping."

Swapper's Day opens at 7 a.m. Saturday, Sunday, and Monday, Sept. 4-6, and closes at 7 p.m.

Vendors interested in signing up for Swapper's Day can e-mail for more information.

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