BAY CITY, MI – The city’s vintage market returns for its seventh year this weekend at Bay City’s Veterans Memorial Park. According to the organizers, this year’s event will be the largest.
“We have a good selection this year, over 100 [vendors]”, said the organizer Howie Dieffenbach.
The 2022 market will be held from 9am to 5pm on August 13 and from 9am to 3pm on August 14 in Vets Park. The entrance fee is $4. However, veterans and children under 12 are free. Parking is also free at Vets Park.
The main focus of the event, aside from the vintage market itself, is to support veterans and the nonprofits that serve them.
More than 100 vendors will be located throughout the park to allow visitors to browse a wide variety of vintage and antique treasures and special finds. Diefenbach said this year the market will work to raise money and awareness for three area nonprofits that are equally connected to veterans: the Midland Veterans Recognition Center and Museum, the Bay Veterans Foundation in Bay City and the Valley Garden Club of Bay County.
Dieffenbach explained that each organization has a different connection to or involvement with the event. He said the Veterans Recognition Center will ensure veterans can attend the event free of charge.
The event, meanwhile, will aim to try to raise money and awareness for the Bay Veterans Foundation, which works to give veterans skills to help them find jobs or continue their education, Diefenbach said.
As for the Valley Garden Club, the group will be at the event, where there will be raffles and fundraisers. According to Diefenbach, the club is working on beautifying the area around the special memorial sculpture that now stands on Chancellor’s Arboretum, which is across the street from the community center at 800 JF Kennedy Drive in Bay City. The sculpture is a life-size work of art depicting a famous scene from c Battle of Iwo Jima.
The event has honored veterans in the past, and Diefenbach said he and organizers saw a need to do so.
“We just felt there was a need for it,” he said. “No offense to other non-profits, everyone has a worthy cause, but veterans seem to have been overlooked. So we’re just trying to figure it out and maybe do something good.”
This weekend’s market combines support for veterans with old-fashioned antique shopping fun in a large outdoor area where you can check out a variety of unique wares and curiosities.
“We have everything from vinyl records, vintage clothing, vintage jewelry, antique signs, farmhouse chic — it’s kind of the latest trend,” Diefenbach said. “There’s also a lot of things for men, they’re not just for women, they’re also for guys – tools and lanterns, things like that.”
Dieffenbach added that there will also be vendors who specialize in repurposing items into something completely new.
In addition to hunting for vintage treasures at vendor booths, the event will also feature food trucks and entertainment.
“It’s fun for everyone; It’s our way of highlighting the community, giving people something to do,” Diefenbach said.
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