Licking County News

National Road Yard Sale slated May 31 to June 1


The historic U.S. Route 40 highway should have plenty of roadside treasures on the the 32-mile stretch from Reynoldsburg to Gratiot during the National Road Yard Sale on Friday, May 31, and Saturday, June 1.

"Thirty-two miles of yard sales is something not to miss," said Charla Devine, chairwoman of the county sale and co-owner of Devine Farms.

She said the event began as a way to promote Route 40 -- designated as an All-American Road National Scenic Byway by the Federal Highway Administration in 2002 -- in Licking County.

"And what's more American than a yard sale?" Devine said.

She said the sale is in its eighth year and many nonprofit organizations along the road depend on it for funding.

"Obviously, it brings a lot of people wanting to buy things into Licking County," said Licking County Commissioner Doug Smith.

Smith said Licking County has the highest yard sale participation of any other Ohio county through which the highway passes.

The event is celebrated along the road from Maryland to St. Louis to honor the first federally funded highway, which was authorized by Congress in 1806, according to the event's website.

"It does bring some economic stimulus," said Smith, because people who come to visit the yard sales also visit the restaurants and rent rooms overnight.

"Without a doubt, Hebron brings in the most people," Smith said. "You'll have a hard time finding a place to park."

Typically, he said, downtown Hebron is packed with sellers and the streets are lined with eager buyers. Items available for purchase will include antiques, furniture, children's items, toys and baked goods.

While most of the sales are from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday and Saturday, some yard sales begin Wednesday, May 29, in Brownsville and Hebron.