Daily Independent (Ashland, KY)

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March 23, 2014

Trading Days set for Catlettsburg

Yearly event an opportunity for deals and a fun time

CATLETTSBURG — Organizers say anything that can be legally swapped or traded is likely to be found somewhere during the upcoming three-day Catlettsburg Trading Days celebration.

“This will be the first one we’ve done in the spring. We did one last fall, last October,” said Robb Oldham, one of the event organizers, who explained the idea behind the festival is to provide a fun time and the possibility of cash in pocket.

“To me the basic idea is ... with our economy the way it is, everybody has stuff they want to sell. I know I like to get deals on anything I buy,” Oldham said, speculating the upcoming trade meet will include “You name it — honestly,” including direct sells from vendors with name-brand merchandise, as well as items from private collectors and individual owners such as, “antiques, consignments, candy, barbecue, funnel cakes, hot dogs and hamburgers ... pretty much anything — guns, knives, food, fishing equipment. I even think were gonna have a guy with baseball cards this time.”

The trading will be enhanced with attractions, including the El Hasa Shrine train, with all proceeds reserved exclusively for the Shriners’ Children’s Hospital, as well children’s activities including inflatables and face painting by Greg Goode from the Kenova library. Oldham said “River Cities Got Talent” also promises to be entertaining, with local singers and musicians competing for cash and a shot a playing on the courthouse stage during Catlettsburg’s annual Labor Day celebration. Judges for the talent contest will be qualified professional musicians, Oldham said.

Karaoke music will be offered Friday evening and again on Saturday, Oldham said, with a variety of gospel, bluegrass and other “Christian music” on Sunday. Those who visit Catlettsburg during Trading Days will be asked to cast votes for “People’s Choice” awards, honoring the crowd-favorite vendor, merchant and entertainer.

The event is sponsored by the Catlettsburg Leadership Community Development Council, Oldham said, adding it is the same group in charge of the city’s Labor Day parade and floodwall murals. Participants who want to set up a display are encouraged to be there for all three days, he said, with two-day minimums in place for all vendors. Anyone who wants to sell or offer items for trade will be required to fill out an application and pay a fee in keeping with the days they plan to participate, Oldham said, noting a discount has been built in for those who want to be there from start to finish.

Oldham said anyone with questions about the upcoming celebration on April 4, 5 and 6 may call him at (606) 923-9512, or Faith Cornwell at (606) 615-5497.

TIM PRESTON can be reached at tpreston@dailyindependent.com.

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