Third annual Highway 35 Junk Hunt upcoming
RISON—If feedback is any indication, this year’s Historic Highway 35 Junk Hunt set for March 8-10 is shaping up to be perhaps the biggest one yet.
Jennifer King of Rison, the catalyst behind the first Junk Hunt three years ago, said she is hearing that there will be several more vendors participating this year and that more people will be coming for the first time this year.
“I’ve had a phone call from one lady in Mississippi and another from Louisiana wanting to know how to get here, where to go, where to stay,” King said. “It seems like there are a lot more people planning to come this year.”
The Junk Hunt will be along about a 100-mile stretch of Arkansas Highway 35, extending from the Benton/Saline County area on the north end to Monticello/Drew County area on the south end. The route will pass through Sheridan and Grant County, and Rison and Cleveland County as well.
There are three official “hubs” (areas set aside for multiple vendors) being organized along the route: the Pioneer Village at Rison, the old Grapevine School in Grant County, and the Marketplace in Monticello.
Sharon Gray of Friends of Pioneer Village said they still have booth space available at the Pioneer Village. The cost is $10 per day for an indoor or outdoor booth. Gray can be reached at 870-692-3130 or 870-325-6567.
King said the Grapevine hub is reporting several more vendors this year than last year, and that Monticello has changed the location of its hub from the Drew County Fairgrounds to the Marketplace on Hwy. 425/Hwy. 35 in the main business district of the city.
“Loops” (special side routes that will feature sales) are being set up at Sheridan, Rison and Monticello. The Monticello loop will take shoppers through town on residential streets which connect to Higway 35. The Rison loop will take shoppers by the Pioneer Village via Yaney and Mockingbird Streets. The Sheridan loopstake will take in the downtown area of that city.
A complete map of the route, including the loops, can be found in a special Highway 35 Junk Hunt tabloid that is included in Wednesday’s newspaper. The tabloid will also be available for viewing online.
The tabloid is a joint effort between the Cleveland County Herald at Rison, the Advance-Monticellonian at Monticello and the Sheridan Headlight at Sheridan.
King also encouraged those who are setting up sales as well as businesses along the route to post their sales on the Historic Highway 35 Junk Hunt page on Facebook. She asked that those making posts be specific about their location by including their address as well as the town or community where the sale/business is located.
King said she is also encouraged with the fact that the Junk Hunt now seems to be taking on a life of its own.
“I think that it is really growing organically like we wanted it to,” said King. “I had to work really hard that first year to get the word out about it.”
To learn more or keep up with the latest news about the Junk Hunt, visit the Historic Highway 35 Junk Hunt page on Facebook.