Gahanna's 53rd annual flea market will return to its roots in Olde Gahanna this fall.

The city and the Gahanna Historical Society are partnering to bring the longtime market back to Olde Gahanna in the Creekside area Sept. 30.

"This move is a significant one that returns a long-standing tradition to its original location in the heart of our city and begins to help fulfill one of my top 10 goals for my administration," said Tom Kneeland, Gahanna mayor.

The event, sponsored by the historical society, also will have a new focus, emphasizing Ohio-made products and highlighting arts in the community.

Organizers hope to produce a high-quality event that appeals to vendors and antique traders.

"We are excited to bring the flea market back down to Olde Gahanna this year," said Jim McGregor, Gahanna Historical Society president. "This year's event will restore some of our treasured community traditions, including locally grown produce and delightful dishes, products from local businesses, including antiques and artwork."

McGregor said the event will feature live entertainment from local musicians.

"The entire community is invited to enjoy a great day of fellowship and fun to celebrate Gahanna," he said.

In 2004, the Creekside development began and the flea market moved to Gahanna Lincoln High School, where it remained through 2017.

The flea market began in 1965 as a local street fair.

Leading up to the community event, society members produced and canned apple butter and dried herbs that could be sold.

They also got together weekly to quilt squares that would be part of a raffle at the event.

At one time, the flea market attracted more than 300 vendors.

The event was created to celebrate Gahanna's history, to bring neighbors together in Olde Gahanna and to raise funds to support the Gahanna Historical Society.

In recent years, the market's vendor fees have helped support the historical society's three properties: the Log House, built in 1840 and the former property of several prominent townspeople, at 101 S. High St.; the John Clark House, the home of Gahanna's founding father at 101 S. High St.; and the Lily Stone Bed & Breakfast at 106 S. High St.

To participate in the 2018 market as a vendor or for more details. contact the society at 614-475-3342 or email gahannahistory@gmail.com.

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