It’s time to be thinking of making some extra money. Flea markets and garage sales have consistently worked well to accomplish this, so this year Iowa’s Pioneer Music Museum is going to do the same thing. It will be affiliated with the largest old-time music festival in the upper Midwest, and according to Bob Everhart, the Director of the event, "Have you ever thought of having a garage sale for seven straight days? That’s exactly what we are going to do at our music festival in LeMars this year. Aug. 25-31 are the dates set for the Plymouth County Fairgrounds Music Festival, 9am to midnight every day, with ten stages of entertainment."

The festival, in it’s 39th year, is well known for attracting huge numbers of performers, celebrities, and audience alike. This year is no exception according to Everhart. "We have a huge number of artists coming from around the world this year, which has prompted us to double our workshop stages for anyone wanting to participate in the various learning projects, such as the Autoharp Gathering (features five of the best known players in America); or the Harmonica Howl (the last living member of the Harmonicats is bringing his entire harmonica orchestra with him); or the Guitar Pull (about 300 guitarists are expected); or the Dulcimer Do (both mountain lap and hammer dulcimer artists will be present); or the Fiddle Jubilee (national artists coming for Fiddler’s Hall of Fame inductions); or the Banjo Jamboree (amazing musical instruments used in bluegrass, ragtime, old-time jazz). Add to this the celebrities that will be there, plus all the other activities, you can rest assured, a flea market-garage sale lasting seven days is sure to make somebody some money."

"It costs $10 a day to rent a space," Sheila Everhart, Bob’s wife, said. "That’s really inexpensive, and we have three choices. 10x10 space in the Arts & Crafts Building locked at night; 10x20 space in the Workshop Building locked at night; or 20x40 flea market space outdoors, you provide your own canopies. We have lots of outdoor space, and some spots will even accommodate a small camper. Imagine having an arts & crafts, flea market, garage sale opportunity for seven straight days. At $10 per day, which includes one free 7-day gate pass (value $70) for each space rented, that is a real bargain. We’re letting the spaces go for the same price we pay for them, so it’s necessary for participants to take it for all 7 days. This is an incredible opportunity for hobbyists to sell their craft items, and the lady of the house to get rid of some unwanted items at a profit."

The Everharts have a festival website available at for more information, or you can simply send the required amount of money along with your choice of space to Pioneer Music Museum, P O Box 492, Anita, Iowa, 50020. First come first served until we’re full. And don’t forget, every dollar you send is also tax deductible for helping fix the break-in at the museum.