Van Wert hosts massive yard sales, ribfest this weekend

By Craig Kelly

August 7, 2014

VAN WERT — If one person’s trash is another person’s treasure, Van Wert will be a treasure trove this weekend.

Both the 127 Corridor Sale, also known as the “World’s Longest Yard Sale,” and the Lincoln Highway Buy-Way Yard Sale started Thursday and will run through Sunday, and downtown Van Wert is the one place in the nation where both sales will converge.

“This year, we got a double dose of yard sales,” according to Larry Lee of the Van Wert Convention and Visitors Bureau. “Once every six years, depending on how the calendar goes, the Lincoln Highway sale is on the same weekend.”

Van Wert County is home to 30 miles of U.S. 127 and 25 miles of Lincoln Highway, with both converging at the intersection of Main and Washington streets in downtown Van Wert.

“Last year, we had over 120 yard sales going at U.S. Route 127 and close to 100 sales on that stretch of Lincoln Highway,” Lee said. “In some cases, we have sites for multiple vendors, such as the Van Wert County Fair, where three buildings will be full.”

Van Wert will soon be home away from home for a myriad of bargain shoppers looking to find whatever treasures might be unearthed from area basements and attics. Crews from HGTV will even be filming around Van Wert during the weekend.

“We get tens of thousands of people coming through from all over the country during that four-day weekend,” Lee said. “You can watch the traffic coming through and see license plates from as far away as Montana, New Mexico and Texas.”

Coinciding with these yard sales will be the Van Wert Ribfest, going on today and Saturday at the fairgrounds. The rib festival will feature six rib vendors from Ohio and Indiana, along with corn hole and whiffle ball tournaments and music by Bad Advice, the Earthquakers and Jackpot today, as well as Double Kik, Nashville Crush and Scotty Bratcher on Saturday.