The first “Historic Hwy. 35 Junk Hunt”, a 3-day, 124-mile, multi-county yard sale extending from Dermott in Chicot County, through Monticello in Drew County, Rison in Cleveland County, Sheridan in Grant County and Benton in Saline County, will be held March 3-5, according to Jennifer King, an event organizer.
King said the “junk hunt” is a highway-long yard sale, like Bargains Galore on 64, 160-miles of yard sales, flea markets and antique dealers along Highway 64 from Fort Smith to Beebe.
King hopes to have participation from all five counties along Highway 35. “We would love to have participation from Dermott to Benton,” she said, explaining that the initial plan was to begin at Monticello in Drew County until it occurred to her that Dermott is on Highway 35 as well, so she extended it into Chicot County.
“We really want this to be a successful endeavor, in hopes this will become an annual event,” King said. “I’m hoping this will also educate travelers — coming to ‘junk’ — what our counties have to offer as far as businesses and tourist attractions, such as area museums and landmarks.”
Beginning at Dermott, the route runs along Highway 35 to Monticello where it continues through the downtown district before hitting Highway 425. It then runs north on 425 to Highway 35 where it continues to Highway 63, for a jog to Pansy, and back to Highway 35 through Herbine and on to Rison to the Pioneer Village (off Highway 35). It continues through Staves and Grapevine to the intersection of highways 35 and 167. At the intersection, it continues right onto 167 N. and takes 167 B (not the new bypass), continuing to the second traffic light (the main intersection in Sheridan). At the traffic light, the route continues left onto Highway 270 (Center Street), which runs to the Sheridan downtown district and courthouse square, then continues right at the traffic light onto Oak Street, then to Vine Street, and left on Vine, before returning to Highway 35 and continuing to Benton.
Those who are interested in participating but do not have a place along the route to set up and sell their “junk” may do so at the event’s “hub”, The Pioneer Village in Rison, located at the old fairgrounds just off Highway 35. The cost for booth space (indoor and outdoor) at The Pioneer Village is $10 a day with proceeds going to the Friends of Pioneer Village to help restore, renovate, repair and make improvements to the historical buildings located at The Pioneer Village. King said concessions are welcome at The Pioneer Village.
Anyone (including individuals, groups, organizations, schools, businesses, and other entities) is allowed to participate. For more information about the event contact Jennifer King at [email protected] or (870) 917-8267.