“IT WILL NEVER WORK”.
This is the statement made to me by a good friend when he heard about our plans to create a 400 mile garage sale from Missouri to Colorado along US 36 Highway.
The idea originally came about by three Scandia individuals, Jim Erickson, Jane Ann Carlgren and Paul Kallman wanting to generate interest for our county (Republic) with the idea of a 36 mile garage sale on US 36. We wanted an event to bring people to our area to get them accustomed to traveling US 36, increase traffic and hopefully generate interest to get a four lane highway completed. Jim, who was the Vice President of US 36 Highway Association at the time, mentioned the idea at one of the association board meetings. The board was very interested in this idea and expressed extreme interest in this project and suggested that we include the entire US 36 highway across Kansas and they would sponsor the event.
Well, that was 11 years ago and what we got was something much more than expected— a huge monetary impact for our counties in Northern Kansas. There are thousands of people that attended each year to make our event successful, and yes, they bring cash with them along with their vans, trailers, ropes and bungee cords. Not only do locals set up the 3rd weekend of September each year, but we are also seeing vendors come from other states to set up as well. Facebook and word of mouth are our greatest advertising tools. Some families have scheduled family reunions around the event drawing people from all over the United States and even some foreign countries.
Additional information on the association, Treasure Hunt maps and individual
county information can be accessed on our US 36 Highway website at: www.us36hwy.com
In closing, I’m going to end with a quote from my same friend at the beginning of this article—“Do you remember what I told you when you guys came up with this idea? Well, I guess I was wrong!”
Hope to see you all September 16, 17 & 18, 2016.
By PAUL A KALLMAN
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