For the third consecutive year, the Olde Pickerington Village Business Association will host an open-air market in the city's downtown historic district.

For the third consecutive year, the Olde Pickerington Village Business Association will host an open-air market in the city's downtown historic district.

On Aug. 4, the OPVBA will host "Market Day" in Olde Pickerington from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Formerly known as the OPVBA's annual flea market, the event again will feature a variety of new and used goods, including homemade crafts and jewelry.

This year, however, Market Day also will offer fresh produce and home-baked goods, among other items.

"West Columbus Street will be closed from Center Street to Cross Street," said Maggie Arendt, who, along with Bertie Heitmeyer, is chairing the OPVBA event. "So we have a little bit more space this year.

"We just wanted to make it bigger and better," she added. "A lot of the vendors who've been here last year and the year before have signed up, and we figure we'll have at least 40 vendors."

The registration deadline for selling items at Market Day is Friday, July 27. Spots can be reserved by calling Arendt at 614-833-2855, or by emailing the OPVBA at opvba@hotmail.com.

Table spaces can be reserved for $10, and limited tent spaces are available for $15. Vendors must provide their own tables and tents and they must receive OPVBA approval to sell their goods, but Arendt said product diversity is a goal.

"We'll have everything from fresh produce, home-baked goods and we'll have a variety of homemade crafts and jewelry," she said. "There will be a lot of antiques and collectibles. Some are yard-sale types and used goods, and some are new products."

In addition to sales from community members featured at the event, Olde Pickerington businesses and restaurants will be open, and many will offer special sales, Arendt said.

Also, the Pickerington-Violet Township Historical Society will hold a yard sale outside the historical museum, at 15 E. Columbus St., and the organization will sell root beer floats, popcorn and water.

"We're trying to make this a nice community event for people who might want to make a little money and for people who want to shop," Arendt said. "People can come out and sell things they've made or clean out their garages."