The scene at the Labor Day weekend Coarsegold Peddler's Fair at the Coarsegold Historic Village on Highway 41, was a mix of family fun and a collector's paradise.
The energy from the casual shopper to the serious collector could be felt -- some just buying without asking a question and others honing their skills in art of price haggling. Booths galore were filled with gadgets, baubles and many authentic antiques from the past, intermingled around five new art and collectable stores in the village.
If collecting old military items is to your liking, there were patches, pins and bayonets galore.
No one went hungry during the four-day event. Family's had their pick of tri-tip sandwiches barbecued on the spot over seasoned oak wood coals. There was kettle corn, corn dogs, nachos and even deep fried twinkies.
By mid-day, many wondering children could be seen carrying their multi-colored choice of shaved ice to beat the heat and the lemonade stand, with free refills, had a continuous line throughout the weekend. For adults, the Oakhurst Area Chamber of Commerce was on hand peddling a variety of beers and wines.
"After 27 years, this peddler's fair still provides a fun gathering place for both Mountain Area residents and guests to our area," said Diane Boland, owner of the village and event promoter.