Community Day in St. John will feature 35 garage sales plus a full afternoon and evening of activities featuring skating, fun painting, barbecue and a free movie.
Garage sale junkies will get an overdose this weekend when St. John has 35 in just one day.
On Saturday, Oct. 14, St. John will celebrate Community Day with a city-wide garage sale at 35 locations around the town. Garage sale maps are available starting today at the library and its on-line page, city office and Facebook.
But the garage sale is just the start of a very special day in St. John. There will be other activities all afternoon and evening. Kids of all ages are invited to strap on a pair of skates and head to the Witt Center on Third Street for skating from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. Cost is $1 to skate and fifty cents to rent skates.
After spending some time getting around the skating rink, everyone is invited to head to the Town Square at 4th and Broadway for games and a chance to show off their creative side by painting rocks and painting pumpkins. Downtown afternoon events will run from 4 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.
There will be a concessions stand with everything for $1. Items include soft drinks, water, candy, chips, cookies and popcorn. All proceeds go to the Jubilee Fund. The Jubilee is an annul event on the Saturday of Memorial Day in the town square. The event includes a carnival, parade, class reunions and a variety of booths.
All that activity is bound to make people hungry so from 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Half Sauced BBQ will serve a BBQ feed at $7 a plate with $2 of that going to the Jubilee Fund, said St. John City Clerk Jamie Getty.
After a day of looking for bargains at garage sales and an afternoon of activities and good food, its time for a movie. At 7:30 p.m. the animated movie "Big Hero 6" will be shown, also on the Town Square, at no charge. This is a bring your own blanket or lawn chair event. Popcorn will be available at the movie.
The idea of have combining activities into one day started with a group of people talking about having garage sales, said Laura Davis, Ida Long Goodman Memorial Library director.
The library gets inquiries every year about who could organize a garage sale. Many thought the library already did that so they just decided to go ahead and become the organizer because they are available on a daily basis to take names and addresses and organize the event. Feelers were put out on Facebook for the best date to have a garage sale.
St. John City Clerk Jamie Getty said they were already planning to have a movie on the square on Oct. 14 so it was decided to combine the events on that one day in hopes of drawing more people to town.
"I said if we had things in the afternoon, more people would go to the movie in the evening," Davis said. "I think we'll have a lot of people in town."
Using a city wide garage sale to draw people into town has worked in the past. Iuka had 14 sales on the same day and there were people all over town. Davis said they thought if they could get 14 garage sales they could be successful but 35 could draw a big crowd to town. The response to holding a garage sale has been amazing, Davis said.
There has been a lot of talk on social media, people are talking and businesses have put up fliers so there is a lot of interest in the event.
"Everyone seems pretty excited," Getty said. "The response has been great."