Mid-America News - MAY 2019




Two St. Joe malls set huge flea market

The ever-popular antique malls in St. Joseph, the Jesse James Antique Mall and the Rusty Chandelier, will hold a big flea market on May 11 on their parking lots. Open hours are 8 a.m.-4 p.m.

Renee King, marketing director for the two malls said more than 40 dealers are expected to participate in addition to the 250 dealers that have permanent booths in the malls. Additional flea markets are scheduled for June 8 and Sept. 14.

Jesse James Antique Mall and Rusty Chandelier are located at Exit 53 of Interstate 29 at Bus. Hwy. 71.

For more information call 816-676-0662.



Blackwater May Festival a family affair

The wide Main Street of Blackwater will be lined with vendors during the annual May Festival on May 11. (photo courtesy city of Blackwater)

The May Festival in Blackwater is a family affair. This year marks the 5th annual tractor parade and fair. After the tractors pull down Main Street, watch for a fleet of children on their pedal vehicles bringing up the rear. It all revs up on May 11, 8 a.m.-4 p.m. The parade will step off at 1 p.m.

Any type of tractor, engine or equipment can be exhibited. About 60 craftspeople and food vendors will set up their booths along Main Street. Vendors and exhibitors are still welcome to join the fun.

Native American dancers will perform. Plenty of games for kids are planned, including a pedal pull contest and dress the pig contest.

To register to participate or for more information, call 660-846-2521 or email blackwater@gmail.com.



Jamesport ushers in May during weekend fest

(photo courtesy Jamesport Community Association)

Visitors to the town of Jamesport will be able to get around the town via horse-drawn trams during the two-day Jamesport May Days Festival set for May 10-11.

Organizers of this 34th annual festival encourage visitors to "step back in time" when visiting this community located in the heart of Missouri's Amish country. Hours are 9 a.m.- 4 p.m. each day.

Enjoy a live music, food vendors, shopping for antiques, a flea market and much more. The event is sponsored by the Jamesport Community Association.



Vaile Mansion Strawberry Festival

There are more than strawberries on the schedule at the Vaile Mansion Strawberry Festival. Beautiful antique cars will be on display as this young aficionado knows. (photo courtesy Vaile Mansion)

More than 100 antique and vintage vendors will be set up on the grounds of the historic Vaile Mansion in Independence on Saturday, June 1, 9 a.m.- 4 p.m. But the plethora of vendors is only the beginning of the fun.

It wouldn't be a Strawberry Festival without strawberries and the Vaile Victorian Society will be serving a number of different strawberry treats from their booth.

Live music will fill the air throughout the day with a special performance of the large Independence Community Band. Dancers in period costumes with also perform. Some of the most lovingly preserved antique cars will be on hand for public inspection. A special children's corner of games and activities will be set aside. The Vaile Mansion grounds will be alive with activity all day.

Vendors are still being accepted. Go to the website www.vailemansion.org to download a registration form.

Admission to the grounds is free. Tours of the mansion are $6 for adults and $3 for children. The Vaile Mansion is located at 1500 N. Liberty St. in Independence. Call 816-325-7430 for details.



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Vintage Inspired Prospectors schedule market

Textiles and hand-made items are just some of the treasures waiting at the Vintage Inspired Prospectors market, May 3-5 in Park City. (photo courtesy Vintage Inspired Prospectors)

Vintage Inspired Prospectors is a three-day market held twice a year. The next one is set for May 3-5 in Hartman Arena, 8151 N. Hartman Arena Dr. in Park City (North Wichita).

Shoppers will find one-of-a-kind treasures, featuring the best creative vendors that are always on the hunt for unique items and handmade creations for you to fall in love with year after year. 

Vintage Inspired Prospectors market features a variety of antiques, vintage Inspired, farm fresh barn finds, handmade and repurposed creations, architectural salvage, home décor, furniture, jewelry, clothing, food, family fun and so much more. Enjoy a wonderful shopping opportunity that sparks creativity.

Admission is $10 for the Friday preview event, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. General admission tickets on Saturday (9 a.m.-5 p.m.) and Sunday (10 a.m.-4 p.m.) are $5. Kids 12 and under admitted free.
For vendor and additional information go to www.vintageinspiredprospectors.com.



Paramount Vintage Markets set outdoor events

Western items and tack are available at the Paramount East Vintage Market. (photo courtesy Paramount Vintage Markets)

The three Paramount Vintage Markets located in the Wichita area will be busy with outdoor markets during the month of May.

Beginning on May 11, the Paramount East Vintage Market, with 125 vendors, will host the first outdoor market of the month. It is located at 10187 SW Hwy. 54 in Augusta. Call 316-775-3999.

And next on May 18 the Paramount Antique Mall with 225 booths will hold the outdoor market. It is located at 13200 W. Hwy. 54 in Wichita. Call 326-722-0500.

Then on May 25 the outdoor activities move to the Paramount Marketplace featuring 200 booths. It is located at 6297 E. 13th St. in Wichita. Call 316-260-6313 for details.

The Paramount malls have offered antiques and vintage items to buyers since 1999. The regular dealers offer quality glassware, advertising, textiles, coins, jewelry, pottery, china, furniture, primitives, clothing, collectibles and more.

Additional information is available at the website, www.paramounantiquemall.com


Atchison Kiwanis Club sets flea market

As soon as the sun rises on Sunday, May 12, the 88th Kiwanis Club Flea Market will get under way in Atchison. The event will go on outdoors, rain or shine in the 400 and 500 blocks of Main Street. This marks the 88th market sponsored by the club. The market ends when the last person leaves.

Vendors are still being recruited. If you would like to participate call 913-367-5222. Cost is $30 per display space.



Caney Valley Pioneer Days features tractors and more

Allis-Chalmers aficionados are out in great numbers during the annual Caney County Pioneer Days. (photo courtesy CVAPA)

In Caney County Kansas there are quite a few farmers and ranchers who maintain vintage tractors and equipment. And on the weekend of May 31-June 2 many of them will display their "labors of love" during the annual Caney Valley Pioneer Days celebration.

In addition to all the farm equipment, one of the largest flea markets in the area will be in full swing. About 90 booths are expected to be on hand for bargain shoppers.

"It is possible to find original tools that may have come with your tractor to the last piece you need to get the old Maytag engine to run," stated Donnie Simpson, of the Caney Valley Antique Power Association. "We are proud to say that we have had a very high volume of obsolete engine and tractor parts available at our flea market/swap meet."

The Pioneer Days show takes place on the association's grounds, 3 1/2 miles north of Caney on Hwy. 75, ½ mile north of the Hwy. 166 junction. 


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