Warm and partly cloudy says greeted the 18th annual Iowa Highway 141 Friday and Saturday.
This year’s 177-mile marketplace ran from Grimes in the east to Sloan in the west, offering a paradise for bargain hunters and curiosity collectors.
The idea for the state highway flea market was the brainchild of Linda Curtis of Churdan and Merle Shawd of Woodward.
“When we first met 15 or 20 years ago to start the 141 Garage Sale, I never dreamed it would grow to this big of an event,” Shawd said. “I have retired, but Linda is much younger and still going strong.”
According to the Highway 141 Association website, “Each participating town pays a large fee in advance to participate. In order to offset this cost, you (sellers) may be asked to pay a small registration fee (typically $5 or $10). All the money collected is turned back into your town. The community entry fees are used to cover the maintenance of the website, dozens of newspaper/magazine ads promoting the event, fees associated with the creation and printing of promotional bulletins, flyers, maps and much more.”