DATES OF NEXT FLEA MARKET: DO NOT ATTEMPT TO RENT
Friday, September 4, 2015 OR CANCEL FLEA MARKET
Saturday, September 5, 2015 OR GUN SHOW SPACES
Sunday, September 6, 2015 THROUGH VFW e-mail ADDRESS;
Monday, September 7, 2015 ( USE THE E-MAIL ADDRESS LISTED BELOW )
Labor Day Gun Show & Flea Market
Our Big Event of the Year
Come to Hillsville, Virginia, just about any other weekend of the year and you will find a nice but sleepy town of just a few thousand folks.
But come to Hillsville on Labor Day weekend -- the first weekend in September -- and you will find that sleepy little town has become a bustling metropolis of flea market and gun show sellers and buyers half a million strong.
VFW Post 1115 has been sponsoring the Labor Day Gun Show & Flea Market since the late 1960s and it has become one of the biggest events of its type in the state --- perhaps in the nation.
Pierce Webb, a Laurel Fork native, had retired to Florida and he developed a hobby for collecting and trading guns. Early in 1967, he visited his friend, Glenn Jackson, also a native of Laurel Fork. This was shortly after the original Post Home collapsed under snow and ice.
Webb told Jackson that gun shows are popular down south and he wanted to see one started right here in Carroll County. Gene Pack, the Hillsville Police Chief, liked the idea and discussed it often, as did Dennis Quesenberry, a serious collector of fine guns. Jackson, a member of the VFW, knew that the Post was hard-pressed for funds to meet monthly obligations, much less pay for a new Post Home, still under construction. He thought that maybe a gun show, being new to the area, might bring in some extra money. Chief Pack offered his assistance for security and traffic control, so they approached the Post membership with the idea and it was approved. Jackson --- who still is active with the Gun Show & Flea Market each year --- agreed to do the planning and promotion for the first show in 1968 although he had never attended anything like this before.
Jackson advised the kitchen committee to prepare for at least 2,000 visitors that he expected to attend. They were overwhelmed when twice that many showed up. Members had to scrounge around the county and adjoining towns to find enough food and drink to satisfy the hungry crowd.
After the second year, the show outgrew the space inside the VFW hall and the outdoor flea market was added to accommodate the overflow. The rest is history. During the last decade, the outdoor flea market space was increased nearly 50 percent with the addition of the upper lot at the top of the hill way behind the VFW hall.
The VFW Labor Day show, now the largest single event in Carroll and surrounding counties, did not just happen. A lot of people worked long hours in bringing it to the current point. And they continue working long hours before, during and after the event. But the Men of Post 1115 and the Ladies of the Auxiliary enjoy this culmination of coming together with hard work. Money realized from the show keep the Post in operation for the entire year, and a lot of the money that is taken in is returned to the Community in the form of donations to many civic groups and individuals in need.
If you would like general information, you may contact VFW Post 1115 in Hillsville at (276) 728-2911.
If you want to get on the list
for renting a space at a future Gun Show or Flea Market,
you may contact the event coordinators:
Mike Lara, Manager
Preferred contact by e-mail:
Andy Bowman, Manager
FLEA MARKET MAIL
AND INQUIRIES TO:
Flea Market Manager
VFW Post 1115
P.O. Box 1952
Hillsville VA 24343
or click HERE
for a flea market application
you can print out and mail in.
For e-mail inquiries about
flea market space availability,
do not use the regular
VFW e-mail address
FLEA MARKET TIMES:
EVERY LABOR DAY WEEKEND,
Friday through Monday -
Friday, 8 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Saturday, 8 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Sunday, 8 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Monday, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Please be aware that there are several town ordinances in force at the VFW during the flea market that are beyond our control as well as other special rules including
OR LOADED WEAPONS ALLOWED.
If you have a specific concern, please call in advance for information.
FOR A CHART OF THE FLEA MARKET
SHOWING THE ROW LOCATIONS
OR A CHART OF THE
GUN SHOW TABLE SETUP
PLEASE CLICK ON THE BELOW LINK