Yard Crawl prep underway

The Shenandoah Valley-Herald

WOODSTOCK — Shenandoah County’s biggest shopping day isn’t Black Friday. It’s the Route 11 Yard Crawl, and it returns on Aug. 12.

The 13th annual one-day event features yard sales and sidewalk sales stretching 43 miles along U.S. 11 from New Market to Stephens City starting at 7 a.m.

The Shenandoah County Chamber of Commerce organizes the crawl. Sponsors include The Strasburg Emporium and Lord Fairfax Community College.

The crawl’s scavenger hunt is returning, in which shoppers who find certain items can win a T-shirt and a $50 gift certificate to The Flea Market in Edinburg. The chamber is also launching a new event that encourages shoppers’ do-it-yourself spirit.

“We’re introducing The Flip,” Sharon Baroncelli, the chamber’s executive director, said on Friday. “You buy something, take a picture with it where you bought it, repurpose or refurbish it, take an ‘after’ picture and send it with the submission form to us. We’ll display the repurposed pieces and auction them off during Autumnfest [on Oct. 14].”

Submission forms are due to the chamber office at 103 S. Main St. in Woodstock by Sept. 1. The list of items for this year’s scavenger hunt will be released on the crawl’s Facebook page at 6 a.m. on Aug. 12.

Another change to the Yard Crawl’s routine is that vendors can register with the locations offering space instead of with the chamber, Baroncelli said.

“They no longer do it through us,” she said. “The Edinburg flea market had 100 spaces, and they’re sold out. The Edinburg Mill has four spaces left.”

The largest Yard Crawl venues include the Shenandoah Valley Flea Market north of New Market, The Edinburg Mill and the Family Drive-In Theatre in Stephens City.

Preparations for the event, which drew between 4,000 and 8,000 people to the area in 2016, are going well, Baroncelli said.

“We just had our public safety meeting with law enforcement last week,” she said. “We expect it to run smoothly like always. But we’re all very aware that we have no control over [traffic].”

Another thing organizers can’t control is the weather, which was punishingly hot last year, she said.

“We’re hoping it won’t be as hot this year,” she said. “People remember that stuff.”

As with every Yard Crawl, the point of the day is to scratch the shopping itch and draw visitors to the Valley, Baroncelli said.

“It shows people what the county has to offer,” she said. “It’s a way to show off the county.”

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