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Pickers market to raise funds for 4-H
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MONROE - After the success of last year's Green County Pickers Flea and Antique Market, the 4-H fundraising event is expected to exceed its previous sales and add new vendors.

Susan Konopacki started the market last year as a fundraiser for 4-H and the Green County Fair, and they raised about $12,000. After their June market this year they had already raised about $7,400

Konopacki organized the event and had about 80 vendors at the market last year. This year they had 130 vendors at the June market and hope to have about 250 to 300 vendors Saturday and Sunday. She hopes to get up to 500 to 600 vendors for next year's market.

The market offers a plethora of items for sale, ranging from toys to antique furniture.

"I like the old barn-type items and the repurposed items, and I talked to one gentleman who will have a bunch of old "Star Wars' toys," Konopacki said.

She said they will have local vendors and distributors from across the state and Illinois. Konopacki said contacting the vendors and advertising the show required a lot of leg work.

"It was a lot of driving and talking to people," she said.

She said last year they had around 2,500 people attend the market at the Green County Fairgrounds and they hope to bring in about 3,000 this weekend.

"There's a Badger game on Saturday, hopefully that doesn't pull away too many folks," she said.

Konopacki said the reason she took on the responsibility of putting the market together was to make sure the fair could continue and 4-H kids get the opportunity to show off their work.

"I grew up with the fair, I just can't imagine our county not being able to host one," she said.

The market costs $2 to get in and will run from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday and 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Sunday. There is free parking on the grounds and food stands will be up and running.