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South Whitley's Annual Townwide Garage Sale expands by a day, adds crafting festival

(Talk of the Town file photo by Jennifer Zartman Romano) Always a frenzy of activity in South Whitley each spring, the annual townwide garage sale is set for April 29-30, 2011. Those interested in participating are urged to begin filling out their forms and reserving space. Above, in 2010, even a day of unending showers didn't keep bargain hunters away from South Whitley.

By Jennifer Zartman Romano

A committee comprised of South Whitley residents and business owners and the Whitley County Chamber of Commerce have been working since the snow flew to plan a spring time tradition -- the annual South Whitley Townwide Garage Sale.
This year, however, it has a new slant with the addition of a craft festival as well.
The well-attended and widely-anticipated event is slated for April 19-30, 2011. Last year, the event featured at least 150 garage sales in and around the southern Whitley County community. This year, they're expecting even more participation.
"We extended the event to a two day event, so that means even more treasure finding time," said Sara Lochner-Goff, president of the Whitley County Chamber of Commerce. "We have also added a BIG tent on Mulberry Street for local craft vendors to display their talented items. We will have spots next to the BIG tent for those folks who don't have the space for a sale at their own place, or live out of town and want to bring their goodies in town."
Shoppers won't be left hungry either.
"There will also be local food vendors scattered throughout the downtown and several of the local restaurants and businesses will be open for you to enjoy," Lochner-Goff added.
During the festivities going on that weekend, Lochner-Goff is also excited about the creation of a community-wide video that will be created as well. She expects it could be a real treasure in years to come.
"We want you to stop into to Eberly Photography & Videography so Terry can take a photo of you with your garage sale "Best Buy/ Find," said Lochner-Goff. "All who participate will be entered to win a photo session and photography package from Eberly Photography & Videography."
For individuals in the vicinity of South Whitley who would like to go ahead and reserve a craft vendor booth, food vendor booth or to reserve a garage sale spot on Mulberry Street, visit the Chamber's website and download the forms by visiting www.whitleychamber.com. Click here for a craft vendor form. Click here for a food vendor form. Click here for a Mulberry Street spot registration form. South Whitley residents who want to reserve a spot on the printed garage sale map can contact the Tribune-News at 723-4771 or via email at email@tribunenews.biz
The annual South Whitley Townwide Garage Sale is sponsored by the Whitley County Chamber of Commerce.


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