For four days in June every year, yard sales by organizations, businesses and homeowners pop up along all 400-plus miles of U.S. 68 in Kentucky.
Bill Stevens, executive director of the Cadiz/Trigg County Tourism Commission, estimated that about 4,000 people attended such sales this year.
Given the people who likely came here and stayed at a motel, ate at a restaurant, purchased gas and bought items at the sales, Stevens gave a ballpark estimate of almost $134,000 as the 400-Mile Sale’s potential economic impact to the county.
Cadiz Renaissance on Main Director Leida Underhill said she saw a lot of people downtown because of both the yard sales and the downtown businesses participating in the annual event.
Ramona Hamilton of the Trigg County Humane Society said they were doing their annual yard sale, which is one of the main fundraisers for the organization. She says every year, people and organizations throughout the county donate items for them to sell during the 400-Mile Sale.
“People have been very generous in donating things to us,” Hamilton said. “We try to make sure everything works … because we don’t want to sell anything that doesn’t work.”
Hamilton said they were pretty much busy since early Thursday morning, when the annual sale was set to begin.
Rhonda Thompson, a volunteer for the local Veterans of Foreign Wars chapter, said they too were doing a fundraiser during the 400-Mile Sale, and the items they were selling were donated to them by VFW members and by members of the community.
The proceeds go to the VFW National Home for Children in Eaton Rapids, Mich., said Thompson, who added that the local chapter has been doing that for the past four or five years.
“And it’s just grown. We’re just trying to raise some money for our veterans’ children, I can’t think of a better organization for it go to,” Thompson.
She said the fundraiser was very successful this year, with the group making more than $360 on Thursday alone.
Additionally, several homeowners along U.S. 68 had their own yard sales, and many businesses in downtown Cadiz had sales of their own.