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Vendors prepare for Downtown Oronoco Gold Rush Days

ORONOCO, Minn. (KTTC) – One of the biggest flea markets is happening in Oronoco this weekend.

The Downtown Oronoco Gold Rush Days runs Friday through Sunday. Now in its 47th year, the event attracts people from across the country.

More than 300 vendors spent Thursday afternoon getting set up, waiting for the 20,000 or so people to come by their shops over the next several days.

“It’s really what puts our town on the map, and it’s what brings visitors to our town every year. It’s very well-known. It’s been around for a long time. Vendors come from all over the country and shoppers come from all over the country,” said Dana Bergner, one of the six committee members for the Downtown Oronoco Gold Rush Days.

The money collected from parking and vendor rental lots goes to local non-profit groups like the Oronoco Fire Department, the community center, churches, and school groups, according to the event’s website.

Vendors open at 7 a.m. and at 6 p.m. Friday and Saturday. On Sunday, the event starts at 7 a.m. but ends at 2 p.m.

Shannon Rousseau

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