“How to survive the Sumpter Flea markets”
The Sumpter Flea market is one of the largest events in the Northwest……….and it happens three times each summer! Here are a few suggestions that might make your experience more enjoyable!
Don’t worry, local businesses do accept credit cards and debit cards…but most will not be able to accept large bills ($50.00 or $100.00) or make change and be advised that many vendors do not accept credit or debit cards at all. At this time, there is no ATM in town.
Tip Number 1.………
The Sumpter Flea markets are always scheduled on a holiday weekend each year: Memorial Day, Independence Day, and Labor Day. The official schedule is always Fri-Mon. The Flea market is operated by the City of Sumpter, mainly at the City Grounds and downtown at the Sumpter Municipal Museum. However, vendors are allowed to rent space from private property owners throughout town. All Vendors are required to purchase a vending license from the City of Sumpter, regardless if they are on private property or not.
Tip Number 2………..
Even though vendors are ready for business by 9 am on Fridays….the “best” day of the Flea market is usually on Saturday. Vendors usually begin packing late Sunday. Although many vendors stay through Monday afternoon…vendors are allowed to leave early. Beginning in 2013, all vendors will be asked to stay through at least 2 pm on Mondays.
The Sumpter Valley Railroad Steam Train runs Saturday-Monday of each Flea market. Visit their website: www.sumptervalleyrailroad.org
Tip Number 3………..
The Flea market is spread throughout Sumpter-be prepared to do some walking! The only paved road in town is Mill St. and the streets are watered by the City in order to keep the dust down.
There are two main parking sites in town, but they do tend to fill up early…you can park up at the Fairgrounds on the South end of town, and up at the City Park across from the Stage Stop Gas Station at the North end of town. You can also park for free down at the South end of town at Maxfields.
Tip Number 5………..
NEO-Transit of Baker City, operates a shuttle service to and from points all over town. It’s free, but they do accept donations. They will also give you a ride from Baker City too! If you see the bus on the street, just wave at the driver and he will stop for you. You can also catch the bus at the Sumpter Grounds, as well as the Gold Rush RV Park. For more info, call 541-523-6591 or visit: www.neotransit.org/Baker/CCBC.html
Tip Number 6………..
The Sumpter Grounds has a variety of food vendors and a covered place to sit while you enjoy your meal. Restrooms and coin-operated showers are available for $2.50 for 4 min increments. Restrooms and showers are open from 7 am to dusk…and are closed early each morning for maintenance.
Tip Number 7………..
The best tip about dressing for the weather is….dress for every season! In the past, we have had rain, snow, hail, and sun-all in one day! Weather tends to be cool in the morning, then warms up in the afternoon. Keeping an umbrella in the car is always a good idea! Check the weather forecast here.
Tip Number 8……….
While in town, don’t forget to visit the Sumpter Municipal Museum and Library. Learn more about Sumpter and use the public computers in the Sumpter Branch Library to check your email and empty your digital camera card too. All for free!
Visit the Sumpter Branch of the Baker County Library here.
Tip Number 9………..
Dogs are allowed Sumpter (because we love dogs!) but please keep in mind that according to ordinance, all dogs within City Limits, must be on a leash. But no need to worry if you left the leash at home………. Soda Mountain Pet Supplies (across from the Gold Post) has leashes as well as other great supplies for your pet! Your pet even gets a free treat just for coming in!
Tip Number 10………..
One of the unique things about the Sumpter Flea markets is that you can ride your ATV all over town! EXCEPT….State Law prohibits ATV’s on the highway (Mill St.)……but you can ride on all the side streets! The speed limit for all off-road vehicles is 15 mph. Please drive safely!
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