MAYS LICK — The rainy weather didn’t stop area vendors and shoppers from participating in the 400 Mile Yard Sale this year.
The 400 Mile Yard Sale is held every first full weekend in June, according to the event’s Facebook page.
“Sixty communities across Kentucky’s Historic Highway 68 participate in this sale with antique shops open longer and yard sales popping up hourly,” the page reads.
The event takes place across the entire Kentucky portion of U.S. 68, even including some communities in Tennessee. The highway goes through Paducah, Bowling Green, Nicholasville, Paris, and Maysville as well as several other Kentucky communities.
Mark McCann was set up along U.S. 68 in Mays Lick and said that storms on Thursday, May 31 didn’t stop him from selling his wares.
“We were sitting here at around 4 p.m. when someone said a storm was coming,” McCann said. “The wind got so bad that it blew our canopy around.”
McCann said that a large rooster model they had was tied to a pole at the time and got slightly damaged in the storms.
“It was flung around until I could finally strap him down,” McCann said. “He ain’t been moving much today. He’s in bad, bad shape.”
McCann said he thought the inanimate rooster would pull through, however.
“He seems more mad than anything,” McCann said.
McCann said that despite some weather troubles, he’s done well with customers.
“Ten minutes after the rain quits here come the people,” McCann said. “They want to do this.”
McCann said he participates in the 400 Mile Yard Sale every year. He said he was lucky to be able to get the same spot over several years.
“The thing is if I sell someone something and they like it they can come back next year and I’ll be here again,” McCann said. “We have repeat customers that way.”
Daphne Brown with food cart “Between the Bun” said that the weather caused them to open up later in the day on Friday. She said the weather had been a downer, but that she hoped the weekend would turn it around.
“We missed the big rush for lunch but we’re hoping that tomorrow we will be pretty busy,” Brown said.
Brown said that they had been shoppers on the 400 Mile Yard Sale before until they got their own food business. They’ve been vendors for three years at the yard sale.
“We travel between Mason County and Paris usually,” Brown said.
Brown said that she thought the 400 Mile Yard Sale was a very cool idea that only seems to have gotten bigger over the years.
“Sometimes I wish I was shopping instead of selling food,” Brown said.
The yard sale will continue through the weekend, ending on June 3.