Labor Day tradition continued in Fall Junk-n-tique

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­­­­­­LEXINGTON — Lexington’s annual Labor Day antique and craft show has a new name, the Fall Junk-n-tique Extravaganza.

The 31st annual event will be Labor Day weekend, Sept. 2 – 3, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday at the Dawson County Fairgrounds. Cost of admission is $ 3 per day.

The Extravaganza event was previously organized by the Lexington Chamber of Commerce. It is now being organized by Ann Johnson, manger of the fairgrounds, with the help of others at the Dawson County Fairgrounds and its board.

More than 50 vendors offering antiques, crafts, collectibles and refurbished items will attend the Junk-n-tique, said Ann Johnson, including home based businesses.

Items for sale will be displayed inside six buildings, with some vendors set up outside.

In the past few years, a gun show has been added to the event, said Johnson. This year’s gun show is being organized by Lonnie and Amy Meyer of Bertrand. Hours for the gun show are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday and 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Sunday, and unlike past years, there is no extra admission fee to attend the gun show.

A car show is another feature of the event. This year’s car show is from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Sunday, and is sponsored by Black Diamond Auto and Platte Valley Auto.

On the car show side, Johnson said no prior registration is needed for someone to come and display a vehicle. A DJ will be on-site at the car show, playing 1950s and 1960s music, she said.

“Anyone can come in and bring their classic or antique car. There will be cash prizes and other prizes,” Johnson said about the car show.

The Junk-n-tique, which brings in many people to Lexington, has a positive impact on the community, said Johnson. “In the last few years, an average of 3,000 people have gone to the fairgrounds to shop. Vendors stay at our hotels, eat locally and shop,” she said.

Food vendors already signed up to attend the Junk-n-tique will provide ribbon fries, kettle corn, Indian tacos, ice cream and coffee/espresso, Johnson said.

Shifts are still available for volunteer gate workers, who collect each visitor’s $ 3 admission fee, Johnson said. All gate workers receive free admission to the event, she said.

The north side entrance to the fairgrounds, accessible from Walnut Street, will be closed off, meaning the only entrance to the fairgrounds will be from Plum Creek Parkway, Johnson said.

A new feature this year will be the giveaway of two $ 25 certificates each day of the event, which work like gift certificates to be used at the event, she said.

Johnson said she and about four members of the Dawson County Fairgrounds Board of Directors will be out and about the weekend of the Extravaganza at the fairgrounds helping as needed.

“Any event that can bring people to town benefits the whole community,” Johnson said.

She thanked the support of the Lexington Convention and Tourism Committee of the Lexington Area Chamber of Commerce, which benefit the Junk-n-tique Extravaganza in many ways.

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