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25-Mile Yard Sale to be held Labor Day weekend

Sunday, August 26, 2007

Crafts, food and entertainment. Treasure troves of items for sale.

What could be better than celebrating the unofficial end of summer than visiting the Lake Wappapello 25 Mile Yard Sale?

The event, which draws community-wide involvement, is scheduled to be held Labor Day weekend. The sale will be held from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Friday, Aug. 31, and will continue through Sunday, Sept. 2.

This is the seventh year for the event, which all began with only a few people in the Lake Wappapello area trying to find alternates for the usual Labor Day holiday events such as fishing and waterskiing. That spurred original organizers to begin a craft sale that weekend.

From its humble beginnings, the 25 Mile Yard Sale has grown in popularity and now draws hundreds of people to the 25-mile-long stretch of roadway to the popular Southeast Missouri lake. Not only does it offer those visiting a wide variety of activities and bargains galore, it helps to draw the small community together.

"This is my first-year to organize the event," said Stacy Courder. "It as been a wonderful experience."

A major change to the weekend activities this year will be that there will be no antique tractor show.

"John Worley was in charge of that and he has retired," said Courder. "So, we won't have that but we will have gospel singings Friday and Saturday night at the Lake Wappapello Outdoor Theater."

The singings will begin at 6:30 p.m. each night and everyone is asked to bring a lawn chair.

The Army Corps of Engineers also gets involved by offering shows at the Bill Emerson Memorial Visitor's Center. This year will feature an Indian artifact seminar by Dr. Harold Bray that will take place at 2 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 1. The seminar is on the first national Indian tribes in Missouri and Bray will have authentic Indian artifacts on display.

The visitor's center will be open to the public during normal business hours throughout the weekend.

The Corps of Engineers will also be offering space on the grounds of the visitors center for people to set up yard sale booths, this year.

"They can set up but they have to fill out a special use permit so that we know who is supposed to be there," said Park Ranger Andrew Jefferson. "There is no cost for this at all, but they have to be issued a special use permit.

"They can contact us here at our office at 573-222-8562 or by stopping by the office and we'll get them a permit."

The event will run from the Lake Wappapello exit off Highway 60 north along T Highway and will continue across the dam to Highway D and end on County Road 523, otherwise known as Pisos Point Road.

Event organizers would also like to let everyone know that free booth space is still available for anyone wishing to have a booth at the sale.

For more information on the Lake Wappapello 25 Mile Yard Sale, contact Courder at 573-222-8083 or Jefferson at 573-222-8562.

Sacha Champion may be reached via e-mail at schampion@dailystatesman.com

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