Spanaway Moonshiners Swap Meet
March 13, 2005

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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 meet.

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 swap meet.

For more pictures of the swap meet check out our website at We look forward to seeing you at our 24th annual swap meet in March of 2006.


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