Perhaps some of the most exciting flea markets are those that do not happen very often. There are weeks of preparation, a whole year of anticipation, and plenty of time to save up a pile of shopping money! During the height of summer along the banks of the Zumbro River in historic Oronoco, the Downtown Oronoco Gold Rush Days sets up for a wonderful second-hand and antiques market, with enough food and entertainment to qualify as more of a festival.
Born in 1972, this well-established antique show and flea market is regularly identified as one of the top six US antique shows to attend each year. The Downtown Oronoco Gold Rush Days features approximately 1000 vendors, and the variety of goods on sale is nothing short of fascinating. There is a strong community vibe to this event too, and many of the people helping to run the event and managing the ancillary stalls are volunteers. Funds raised from this summer weekend are also ploughed back into the community and local charities; that’s another reason why Downtown Oronoco Gold Rush Day makes for a fantastic, welcoming and joyful atmosphere.
Many of the people coming to enjoy the Downtown Oronoco Gold Rush Days are simply seeking a lovely family day out, and they certainly are not disappointed. Those that come for the antiques will find themselves completely spoiled for choice. There is everything from antique automobiles to handmade handbags, toys, taxidermy, glassware, antique furniture, bronze, cast iron, silverware, vintage linen, vintage clothing, decorations, lighting, vintage signs, art work, handcraft stalls and everything else you can think of. The Downtown Oronoco Gold Rush Days is also much more than just a flea market, as it also features many delicious food stalls, music performances and presentations.
The Downtown Oronoco Gold Rush Days festival is full of life and laughter. Bargaining is welcomed, and encouraged as a conversation starter. Visitors to this event feel as though they make friends at every stand, and make sure to come again year after year.