Almost anything you want to buy might be available at the 72nd annual Swappers Day in Johnstown.

Almost anything you want to buy might be available at the 72nd annual Swappers Day in Johnstown.

The venerable event on Labor Day weekend will have more than 700 vendors and 25 concession stands selling everything from clothing and food to kitchen wares and even livestock, according to organizers from the Johnstown Community Sportsmans Club.

"The vendors sell socks, T-shirts, leather belts, rain gear, hunting equipment, dog collars, nameplates, cages for animals, Tupperware, candles, purses and accessories, prepackaged kettle corn, nuts, candy, pies and cakes," said Judy Whitehead, treasurer of the club. "If you can't find it here, I'm not sure you will find it anywhere."

She said the event also has Traders Row, with such animals for sale as chickens and ducks. Gates open at 9 a.m. and close at 6 p.m., rain or shine, Saturday, Sept. 3, through Monday, Sept. 5, at 7357 Sportsman Club Road, about four miles east of Johnstown.

Admission is $5 per person, with free entry for children under 12. Parking is free, but no camping is permitted in the lots, according to the event website.

Last year's event brought about 23,000 people over the three days, Whitehead said.

She said the club's Swappers Day began as an afternoon outing and eventually expanded to the three-day event it is now. Her family even has a historic connection to the event.

"My father-in-law, Edgar, was an honorary founding member of the club," Whitehead said.

The event is built on the tradition of hunting-dog water races, for which water trials are scheduled at noon daily.

Bill Tate, the club's media coordinator, said Swappers Day began in 1944 with a group of sportsmen who wanted to race their prize dogs across a man-made pond at the club.

As the popularity of the races increased, participants started bringing items to swap, trade and sell.

"I'd say that the number of people coming due to the items for sale exceeds those coming for the dog races," Tate said.

Whitehead said alcohol, tobacco, pets and things not suitable for children are prohibited on the grounds.

"We are a family-friendly environment," she said.

Proceeds from the event benefit the nonprofit club, which supports many local groups and charities, Whitehead said.

For directions and other information, go online to swappersday.org.

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