Mill Spring flea market goes back to school August 28

Published 4:33 pm Thursday, August 19, 2010

The theme for the Saturday, August 28, flea market at the Mill Spring Ag Center is Back to School. The ag center is partnering with Thermal Belt Outreach as the featured non-profit this month seeking back to school donations for distribution to low income students and their families.

The Feed A Kid program will also be featured at TBOs booth at the flea market. Other flea market vendors will offer specific back to school items in their booths like clothing, backpacks, shoes, sports equipment, books, supplies, computer furniture and electronic equipment.

When shopping for back to school this weekend, consider duplicating a few items that your family is able to afford for your student and donating them to TBO. A drop-off/distribution booth will be available at the flea market for TBO donations. TBO is collecting and distributing school supplies for the less fortunate in the county.

Items needed include: backpacks, wide-ruled and college-ruled paper, spiral notebooks, composition notebooks, #2 pencils, mechanical pencils, blue and black pens, large and small erasers, pencil boxes, pouches, colored pencils, markers, crayons, highlighters, rulers, pencil sharpeners, index cards, glue sticks, safety scissors, 1, 2 and 3 binders, and tab dividers.

The Feed-A-Kid Backpack program at TBO is distributed through schools at weeks end to food-insecure households, delivering enough non-perishable food to last for the weekend. Items needed for the Feed-A-Kid Program include: single-serving boxes of cereal, oatmeal, milk, fruit juice, fruits, and applesauce, canned vegetables, dinners and meats, bags of beans and rice, muffin mixes, etc., a variety of snacks including: granola bars, Slim Jims, dried fruits, pudding cups, crackers, pretzels, etc. All items should be shelf-stable. No peanuts, no glass containers, and no candy.

Foothills Humane Societys On the Road Show will be at the flea market again this month with well-educated pets for adoption. FHS has obedience training volunteers who have sent your new best friend back to school. The animals will also have been spayed or neutered, have had all vaccinations, be micro-chipped and ready for adoption on site at the flea market. Dollar hot dogs and other entertainment will also be on-site.

Flea market hours are 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Vendors set-up at 7 a.m. No early pull outs. Contact Carol Lynn Jackson at 828-817-2308 to register to be a vendor.