Shoppers from all across the United States travel to Kentucky to visit yard sales, antique and collectible shops, have unique dining experiences, and just enjoy the great towns and country views. In 2008, over 1,000 yard sales, vendors and shop owners participated in the sale. In Logan County, there were approximately 67 sales, making it the third highest in activity among all the participating counties across the state. Auburn continues to be among the top favorite stops for visitors on the 400-mile route.
Debby Spencer of We Make Things Happen Corp, the coordinating agent for the 400-Mile Sale, is very excited about this year’s event.
“Southern Living magazine posted the event both in their magazine and on their calendar of events and we are getting a lot of calls from that as well as from people who have seen it in Kentucky Living, Busy Bee and an ad just came out in Collectors News which seems to be drawing a lot of people out of Indiana and Ohio,” said Spencer.
The Internet also plays a role in spreading the word. From January-April, the 400mile.com website had over 266,000 hits. There has also been over 10,000 direct mail pieces sent.
In Logan County several events are set for the 400-Mile Sale weekend, including:
•Downtown Garden Fresh Market
Thursday, June 4
4th Street Theatre parking lot, downtown Russellville. If you have extra veggies, fruits, plants or fresh flowers, call Main Street Russellville for set up information, 726-1303.
•19th Annual Logan County Antique Engine & Tractor Show, June 5-6, Auburn. Contact: 270-542-4149.
•2009 Summer of Art on the Downtown Square in Russellville
Saturday, June 6, 10 a.m. - 4 p.m.
Crafters will be selling their crafts, as well as creating on the spot. Those participating in this art event will be painters, wood carvers, jewelry designers, flower designers, sculptors plus many others. If you would like to participate as an artist, contact Main Street Russellville at 270-726-1303 or at firstname.lastname@example.org.
•American Cancer Society's Relay for Life in Logan County, June 5, 6 p.m. - 6 a.m., Logan County High School.
•Shaker Museum will be open for tours. Monday - Saturday 9-5; Sunday 1-5. $8 adults, $4 children ages 6-12. Children 5 or younger, free. No admission fee is required for shoppers in the gift shop or for those needing a water or bathroom break. Contact: (270) 542-4167, www.shakermuseum.com
•In Auburn, there will be several places where people can set up and sell their items.
The Auburn Historical Society will be renting space on the Auburn Museum property at 433 West Main Street for the yearly 400 Mile Yard Sale and June 4-7. The spaces will rent for $15 for the four-day period.
Money received from the space rent will be used for upkeep of the museum property. Please contact Eloise Hadden 542-4677 or Marie Foley 542-7802 for more information.
Vendor spaces are also available right on the 68/80 bypass in Auburn (in front of Subway at the stop light) for $25 per 25'x25' space covering all 4 days, June 4-7 during the 400 Mile Sale.
Contact Jana Hanks for more information at 725-7091 or email her at email@example.com. This opportunity is open to individuals, businesses and organizations on a first come first serve basis. The location is prime property for the event, so reserve your space now.
If anyone has a yard sale, event, or special sale during June 4-7, please submit the information to the Chamber office at 726-2206 or firstname.lastname@example.org and it will be added to the Chamber’s website. Special 400-Mile Sale signs are also available at the Chamber while supplies last.
In addition to the 400-Mile Sale, Highway 68, the entire corridor from Paducah to Maysville, has now been declared a Kentucky Scenic Byway. Various organizations and volunteers along the corridor will continue the initiative to also receive a national scenic designation. A national grant has already been awarded to develop a corridor management plan.