Ripley on Sale returns with new partner, Cedar Lakes

Suzette Lowe
Ripley on Sale, with the addition of Flea Market at the Lakes, hopes to see a large crowd come to shop.

Ripley is on sale and so is Cedar Lakes.

For the first time, Main Street Ripley’s annual Memorial Day weekend event on the courthouse lawn will have a partner. Flea Market at the Lakes will take place during the same time as Ripley on Sale. The events will be Friday, May 28, from 8 a.m.-6 p.m. and Saturday, May 29, from 8 a.m.-4 p.m.

“It was the perfect time to refresh something that’s been in place for many years,” said Sally Blessing, Main Street Ripley interim director. “We’ve been at this for 21 years, so this partnership is a welcome addition.”

In 2020, Cedar Lakes Conference Center hosted its inaugural flea market.

Cedar Lakes offers the perfect venue for many vendors to sell their wares.

“We were able to have the event last year because it was outside and we followed all the guidelines,” said Karen Facemyer, director of Cedar Lakes. “For a first-time event in unusual circumstances, it was quite successful. So, when we were offered this opportunity to partner with Main Street, we jumped right on board.”

The two directors serve on the Ripley Convention and Visitors Bureau’s board. As ideas were being discussed for events, the collaboration was born.

“We looked at each other and said, ‘We should do something together,’" recalled Blessing.

Realizing that concerns may still be in place for many regarding the pandemic, both Main Street Ripley and Cedar Lakes will follow any existing CDC or state guidelines.

“We will show everyone how to have a COVID-responsible and safe event,” said Blessing with a smile.

Each venue will offer a variety of crafts, along with several activities.

On Friday, the gazebo will be the site of an all-day open mic opportunity for people to share their talents. A martial arts demonstration by the Ripley Family Martial Arts Center will be the highlight on Saturday.

Cedar Lakes will have horse and buggy rides available for a small charge.

As far as items for sale, the sky’s the limit according to both Facemyer and Blessing.

“We’ll have soaps, baby items, quilts, antiques, to name just a few,” Facemyer said. For Main Street, Blessing said there will be a great variety of items, including vegetable plants, flowers, crafts, vendors such as Tupperware and Pampered Chef and secondhand treasures.

Flowers are always a big draw for Ripley on Sale.

Food trucks will be on hand to feed what is hoped to be a large crowd.

“We’ll be the launch of Sisters BBQ Company,” said Blessing. “These are the ladies that had Bogey’s BBQ & Grille, Trisha Ludwig and Brandy Strobbe. We’re excited they wanted to come to Ripley on Sale. And we’ll have the always popular That Donut Place too.”

For Cedar Lakes, Snobiz will be on hand, along with the Cedar Lakes food truck which will have hot dogs, pepperoni rolls and other snacks.

Not only will there be sales, activities and food, a 'Dash for Cash' race will be starting at 9 a.m. on Saturday. For the first time the race will be a 10K, starting at the Alpine Theater, going to Cedar Lakes and returning to the Alpine for end of the race awards. The traditional 5K will be offered as well with a separate route.

“We had runners asking for a more strenuous race,” explained Blessing. “And, by golly, this year we’re supplying that with the help of our co-sponsor, City National Bank.”

For both Main Street Ripley and the Cedar Lakes Conference Center, it’s all about offering more for the county.

“This is bigger and better for Jackson County,” said Facemyer. “What’s better than having two days of shopping and two places to shop? Both being open air venues should also make people feel safer and more comfortable.”

One thing Blessing said people should prepare for as they visit the courthouse lawn ...

“We’ll be putting stickers on you if we can catch you,” she said with a laugh. “That’s our way of letting us know attendance. We’ve done that for years.”

For information about Ripley on Sale and the ‘Dash for Cash’, contact Main Street Ripley at 304-372-1637. Deadline to reserve a spot is Wednesday, May 26, at 5 p.m. For Cedar Lakes, contact Facemyer or Melissa Litton at 304-372-7860. There is no set deadline to reserve an area. Cost is $30 a spot at each location, with an additional $5 if electricity is required.