25th Annual World’s Longest Yard Sale RETURNS TO OHIOJuly 9, 2012
GREENVILLE (July 9) – Labeled “an unforgettable experience through some of America’s most bucolic, scenic and quirky areas” by America’s travel expert, Peter Greenberg, the World’s Longest Yard Sale returns to Ohio during the first weekend of August.
The US 127 Corridor Sale started in 1987 and ran for 18 years from Covington, Kentucky to Gasden, Alabama. In 2006, several counties in Ohio jumped on board and this year marks the 25th anniversary of the “World’s Longest Yard Sale.” Many counties along US127 are joining in the fun from the Michigan border to the Ohio River.
The concept of a continual yard sale is simple; pull people off the interstates and back into the heartland of rural, scenic America. There are hundreds of attractions along the route which provide enjoyment for the entire family. Whether it’s rolling hills, beautiful scenery, river boats, covered bridges, toe-tapping music, arts & crafts, farms, fishing, boating, hiking, bits of Civil War and Indian history, racing or baseball, there are many opportunities to enjoy the beauty and culture of the land along the 127 sale route.
Once established, the end result is lots of fun for vendors and shoppers alike. We have all heard the saying, “one man’s junk is another man's treasure.” This old adage holds true as these events bring people together from all across the country to barter and haggle over things that may have been stored in garages or attics for years.
“People come from near and far to participate in this event,” stated Deanna York, executive director of the Darke County Visitors Bureau and founding member of the Ohio 127 Sale Coalition.
Folks come from all across the country by car, truck, motor home or plane. Some fly in, rent a car, travel the route and ship the newfound treasures back home according to York.
Many visitors plan their vacations around the sale, with some attempting the entire 628 miles. Others may opt to spend their time in a selected area, and venture off the beaten path to discover the history and charm of the land.
The Darke County Visitors Bureau has received phone calls from folks coming to Ohio from Illinois, Michigan, Canada, California, Florida and North Carolina to join in this adventure.
Locally, the Johnson’s from Marysville have traveled to Kentucky and Tennessee for many years to partake in the sale. This year, they are thrilled to be staying in their home state of Ohio to enjoy this event.
Mrs. Johnson found information for Ohio on www.127saleohio.com very helpful in plotting their trip. Travelers are encouraged to visit this site as well as www.VisitDarkeCounty.org for information on lodging, restaurants and other things to do and see in the area.
The 25th annual World’s Longest Yard Sale takes place Thursday, August 2 through Sunday, August 5. Contact local newspapers for opportunities to promote your sale.