51st annual Willington Flea Market coming on Sept. 7

By Kitty LeShay - ReminderNews
Willington - posted Wed., Aug. 21, 2013

The annual Willington Flea Market, sponsored by the Federated Church of Willington for a half a century, will be back on the Willington Town Green Sept. 7 with the pies, chowders, crafts, antiques, and booths with items ranging from antiques to handcrafts to tag sale items.

Soon the members of the church will be pealing apples and peaches for their pies, and scraping the husks for the famous corn chowder. “We are grateful to the members of the church who have made this such a successful institution for 50 years. Our oldest participant is 93 and some of our members have been involved for 50 years,” said Tifh Ignatowicz. She and her husband David have been the organizers for six years.

And organizing is no small task for such a large event. “My husband takes the week off to prepare for this and has the help of many other church members. On the day of the flea market, workers arrive at the green at 5:30 a.m. and the Friday before is tent set-up day,” Ignatowicz said. “We have 40 to 50 vendors, and this event is so popular they contact us to participate.”

“It is a great day to see your neighbors and friends, do some shopping and have some excellent food. It is great camaraderie,” Ignatowicz said. The Federated Church of Willington will have four booths; a “white elephant” selling tag sale items, produce, baked goods, crafts and Rada knives.

The market is an eating fest as well. The church will have two food booths: one selling hamburgers, hot dogs, and fried dough, clam and corn chowder, shortcake and sandwiches. Dougnuts and coffee and breakfast sandwiches will be available for the early crowd,
2013 is a municipal election year and the candidates will be there to introduce themselves and answer questions.

“This event is so successful because so many community groups are involved. Individuals can have booths in a high-traffic area. Everyone in town looks forward to it,” Ignatowicz said.

The Willington Flea Market will be held on Saturday, Sept. 7, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Willington Town Green.

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