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It's that time of year. I have never did this drive event always wanted to though.If you have, did you enjoy it ? are there some parts of it better than others ?

Oct 1, 2008 - 10:04 am
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Most towns have similar "crafty" type items. The park in Farmington is an especially nice area for that. They also have LOTS of different food tents. If you want scenery, try Bernedotte...it's a bit tricky to get to (grab a map of the drive on your first stop), but it's a really pretty area. The fairgrounds in Lewistown is a pretty popular spot, though the last time we were there, there seemed to be more "junk" stuff than crafts. The Ellisville area used to be pretty good, but I haven't checked it out in several years.

I think it's supposed to be a pretty nice weekend, so it'll be packed...unless the economic forecast scares a lotta people off.

Oct 1, 2008 - 10:18 am
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I did the spoon river drive w/ my mom and her cousin a couple years ago. I got some really great bargains and it was a lot of fun. I was amazed at the traffic tho.
My mom lives in bellevue and we start at her house and head out. If there's a garage sale we stop...we didn't get too far last time lol. There was 1 place we were going to go to..and we got in that vicinity and sat in traffic for about 20 minutes and I just turned around.

I love vintage country-style things like old white enamel dishes, blue mason jars and and that day I picked up an antique rolling pin. I think I want a few more of those.

But it was fun, there were also TONS of craft booths and things of that nature. Really a great thing to do w/ a few girlfriends or a patient, understanding husband lol.

Oct 1, 2008 - 10:19 am
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We exhibited for years in both London Mills and Farmington. London Mills is huge and has no real restrictions as far as the type of vendor, so there's a wide mix of crafts and junk. I like junk, so that's ok with me.

Like Pammy said, the park in Farmington is a great place. The best place, as far as I'm concerned. They are fairly strict as to who they let in there. You will find a higher level of quality there, plus good food and music. The areas on either side of Farmington have large set-ups too, but they remind me of London Mills - a big mix and including a lot of imports.

Fair warning - GET THERE EARLY.

If you are headed to the park in Farmington, pull out of map. If traffic is real bad, as you approach town, take your first right nearly until it dead ends or all the way until it dead ends and then take a left towards the park. You'll avoid a lot of headaches that way.

(messaged edited by me - I wrote Lewistown - meant London Mills)

Oct 1, 2008 - 10:28 am
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If you don't like the traffic then you definitely want to stay away from London Mills, it's a zoo! Pammy is right about Bernedotte though. That's where we used to start. Smithfield has some stuff too and it's not usually so crowded.

Oct 1, 2008 - 10:29 am
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Bernadot is just a neat little place and has quite a bit. The best is definately Farmington for crafts and such.

If you need something on the 12th to do try the Burgoo festival in Utica. Mant streets downtown lined with these types of vendors. Went for the first time a few years ago and go back every year. Lots of people.

Oct 1, 2008 - 01:11 pm
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I grew up in Lewistown and Havana and I do the Drive every year! I really look forward to it. This year I dont really have much money to get anything. But it is still just nice to go and look. I went to Farmington last year. It was very nice, but we waited 45 minutes in a line of traffic just to get into the town! There is a lil booth in the park that has amazing apple dumplings! My grandparents always went to an old schoolhouse somewhere (Smithfield, i think?) and they claim they have the best chicken and noodles there. I personally have never been there. I also went to Mt. Pisca (i know i am spelling it wrong, but that is how its pronounced) they have more junk than crafts, but they have indians doing demonstrations and there is a place there that has awesome onion blossoms! I will warn you it is a dirt road there so be prepared to have a very dusty car; but it is worth it because the view from there is gorgeous! Especially the second weekend when the leaves have changed even more! So bring along your camera wherever you go! Enjoy!

Oct 1, 2008 - 04:05 pm
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I set at a sunroom booth every year in Bernadot right on the road so if you go stop by and say HI. I havn't met any of you but would really like to. I love the drive Bernadot is beautifull.

Oct 1, 2008 - 04:34 pm
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what time does it start?

Oct 1, 2008 - 05:12 pm
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i dont think there is a set time that it starts. both this weekend and next, I think people start opening their booths and stuff about 8am, maybe even earlier. I dont usually get out until about 10 or so. Same with closing time, I have seen places stay open till 6; but some people close up as early as 4. maybe someone else could help me out with specific times! ha, i dont think i am much help!

Oct 1, 2008 - 05:15 pm
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technically it starts at 8:00 and goes till dark, but kitty is right some close earlier that that.

Oct 2, 2008 - 03:24 pm
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Oct 2, 2008 - 04:46 pm
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Ive gotta go the farming side....i bought something from a woman @ marigold festival and she said she would be @ spoon river and that she lived in farmington....i bet its going to suck to try and track her down but i want another peice!

Oct 2, 2008 - 05:09 pm
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Farmington has a couple parts to it. You would need to go to Reed Park in the middle of town and out to Lane Transfer. Trucking Company on the outside of town (west). The Moose Lodge (I think that is what it's called) normally does not have the craft stuff but more stuff people have found in their basement (junk). Not sure if it is still that way but use to be.

You will probably find the most at Reed Park and Lane Transfer.

Oct 2, 2008 - 09:21 pm
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Does anyone know exactly what road PI was referring to in Farmington as a shortcut?

Oct 5, 2008 - 07:29 am
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If your going into Farmington (driving west) you may get stuck before you even get into town or you may be fine. Just depends on the day/time/etc. You just never know.

At the edge of town you will first come to the Moose Lodge. Pass the grocery store/Farmington Pizza Company/gas station/Moose Lodge and keep going straight. You will then come to houses and within a mile or two there will be a gas station on the left (Huck's I think) and a little restaurant on the right (not sure what it is now was an ice cream shop, then a coffee type shop) TURN RIGHT. You want to turn onto the street that is between the old icecream shop and the car wash. Go a couple blocks and TURN LEFT (it will be all houses). Keep driving maybe 5 blocks and you will be at Reed Park. People have to park on the side streets in the neighborhood. It is not a large area. Just a small park.

Then go out to Lane Transfer. This is a much larger area. You park in a field here. Have Fun!

Oct 5, 2008 - 08:11 am
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