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Marketville event draws thousands to fairgrounds
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A shopper’s paradise was enjoyed by yard sale and craft enthusiasts Saturday at the Southern Standard -sponsored Marketville held at the Warren County Fairgrounds.
With 100 exhibitors showcasing antiques, craft displays and yard sale booths, visitors were treated to a day of shopping.
Shirlene Stiles worked hard on her very first booth exhibit featuring her collection of vintage and antique items.
“This is my first time in this type of event, and it is great,” said Stiles. “I have sold a lot of stuff, and I hope the Standard decides to do it again.” 
The day started with visitors hurriedly checking out the items for sale, hoping to secure a bargain, and hoping to locate that hard-to-find treasure. 
Several food vendors were also set up around the grounds, offering pizza, hot dogs, hamburgers, barbecue, nachos, candied apples, snow cones, ice cream and the ever-popular cotton candy. The McMinnvile Lions Club had its booth open for business, and served a steady stream of folks all morning, virtually running out of food before noon.
Jimmy Blocker and Larry Self shared a booth filled with a variety of antique items, such as guns, Indian artifacts, quilts, posters and assorted collectible items.
Self was particularly proud of two flags, one a Nazi flag and another Japanese flag that was signed by the soldiers that captured them. He also had a top hat from the 1870s, and a beaded Indian bag from the 1920s.
“We have sold some things, but this is just a hobby for me, and I enjoy sharing my collection with others,” said Self.
Shoppers Devin Moore and James Sherrell enjoyed looking at his collection of antique guns.
“We started out looking at the car show, and now are shopping for a gun,” said Sherrell. 
Over 60 cars, trucks and motorcycles participated in the car show, with exhibitors coming from across the state, and Rachel and Chris King visiting from North Carolina.
“My wife and I have never been to Nashville, so when we planned the trip, we tried to find a car show where we could show our 1967 Ford Fairlane,” said Chris. “We had a great time and enjoyed the experience.” 
The grandstand stage offered entertainment throughout the day, featuring the Warren County High School Color Guard, Paula’s Dance Academy students, Gary Steele’s Team Legacy  and bands Knight Shift, and Marooned.