Local organizer Cindy Sholar of Renaissance on Main Street describes the third annual event as “an economic development tool, to promote local business, and bring people into Western Kentucky.”
The 400 Mile Yard Sale is organized by a regional tourism promotion organization, called We Make Things Happen, or WMTH, from Bowling Green, and is accompanied by a number of other events. A WMTH press release makes mention of the Glasgow Highland Games in Glasgow, Kentucky, civil war reenactments, and bluegrass festivals.
The press release describes some of the venders at the yard sale, who will be selling “antiques, collectables and stuff.” It also said that the 400-Mile Yard Sale was named by the Kentucky Tourism Council to be one of the “Top-10 Best Summer Events” in the state.
Sholar said that a number of Downtown Cadiz merchants participated, including antique dealers. She was not sure just how many venders would be involved this year. “I have no idea how many will be there. It changes from year to year.”
She added that there was no fee to participate as a buyer or a seller in the event. “The goal is to attract business into the community and show what Western Kentucky has to offer.”
As US Highway 68 and Kentucky State Highway 80 are well-traveled roads and major arteries in a number of communities, including Cadiz, they will remain open to vehicular traffic during the event. “Motorists should watch out for pedestrians, and pedestrians for cars,” Sholar said when asked about safety.
Of the four-day event, she believed that the busiest day was the first, Thursday, followed by Sunday.
In addition to antiques and yard sales, the WMTH press release says that the sale will also feature baked goods, crafts and other items.
A survey recorded 2,256 visitors in 2005, with 451 coming to Kentucky from out of state. The survey, available at www.trailsrus.com, also said that visitors spent an average of $67.90 on meals and $94.50 on lodging.
“We’ve been having this for three years now. It has grown every year and is developing a life of its own. I think we’re going to have a great turnout this year,” Sholar said.