Spanaway Moonshiners Swap Meet
March 13, 2005
Spanaway Moonshiners 23rd
Annual Swap Meet
by Angie Marek
Thank you to everyone who attended our 23rd annual swap meet on
March 13th, 2005. We are proud to say we had a record number of vendors and
public. The weather was probably the best we have ever had. Before the gates
opened on Sunday morning the line to get in went the entire length of the
fairgrounds and around the corner. Once the gates open the line goes pretty
quickly. This year we had approximately 900 stalls and car corrals using a large
portion of the Puyallup Fairgrounds. It is kind of hard to imagine that 23 years
ago we started with 45 stalls in a horse arena, in January. Several of our
vendors have been with us for every swap meet and quite a few more joined us our
second and third year. The weekend is as much of a social event as it is a swap
This year proved to be quite a challenge for the club with all the construction
going on. Each time our chairpersons went to check the fairgrounds the fences
would be in a different place making it difficult to know where to map out
stalls. We appreciate everyone's patience during the transition. The end result
will be a beautiful new building next year with over 400 indoor spaces in the
one building alone.
The swap meet allows the Moonshiners the opportunity to give back to the
community and those who support us. Our club sponsors a tree in the Mary Bridge
Children's Hospital Festival of Trees; provides meals, school back packs, Easter
baskets and Christmas socks to the Tacoma Rescue Mission; donates to the PNW4WDA
Scholarship program; provides money and materials to land maters; supports Susan
B. Kohlman Breast Cancer Organization and strives to help those who have a need.
Our club consists of 13 families; we appreciate the help of our friends who are
always willing to pitch in. A special thanks goes out to Rusty Burnham, Don
Williams, Orlin & Helen who not only helped, but also took on areas to oversee.
KAYO radio station out of Olympia was set up and broadcasting live from the
meet. They had been running our advertisement for the past couple of weeks.
The Moonshiners strive to improve where we can each year. This year we tried
color-coding the vendor passes based on stall location. This allowed us to send
the vehicles different directions instead of everyone going the same way. We
still have a few bugs to work out but all the feedback has been very positive.
Set up and tear down went the best they have ever gone and we had more vendors.
Two-thirds of the vendors were packed and out within 45 minutes after closing.
That was a record! Again, thank you to all of you, without you there would be no
For more pictures of the swap meet check out our website at
look forward to seeing you at our 24th annual swap meet in March of 2006.
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