Though the “Show and Shine” car show is central to Weed Frontier Days festival, it is just one of the many events   scheduled to take place this Saturday August 29 from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. in downtown Weed.
As part of the celebration, there will also be a street fair, featuring a flea market, an art fair and a pancake breakfast sponsored by the Kiwanis Club. 
According to flea market organizer Carol Dahlquist, she hopes this new addition to Frontier Days will bring back the energy and enthusiasm that surrounded the now defunct Edgewood flea market.  Dahlquist said that applications for the market are available from the Chamber   website ( or by stopping by the visitor center.
Chamber of Commerce and Weed Arts Council representative Stephanie Shaver reported that in addition to the flea market, there are over 30 scheduled vendors, noting, in particular, the jewelery of Little Critters Creations, local honey by Mowat Apiaries and homemade jerky by Jerky Man.   
Featured at the Weed Mercantile will be a quilt show, a blue grass band and fun activities for the kids.  According to Merc co-owner Joyce Oliver, there will be over 100 quilts on display, the large majority of them made by Weed area residents.  Oliver also reported that the   activities for children include a bike helmet give-away, as well as free children’s books.  She noted that these activities are, in part, sponsored by the local Mental Health Services Act (MHSA) staff  as well as representatives from the state funded children’s program “First Five”.  Oliver said that the day’s activities stand as a precursor to a September 28 Grand Opening, where the new MHSA staff will be showcasing all of its enhanced services.
Randy Chalenor, who has recently started the Weed Fruit and Vegetable Exchange, encourages area residents to bring any produce that they would like to trade.  He also noted that some of the produce can be purchased.  The Weed and Vegetable Exchange has been meeting regularly at the Mercantile for a couple of weeks.  Chalenor’s vision is rooted in creating a program that keeps locally grown garden produce from going to waste and puts it in the hands of people that can use it the most.  For more information about this program, call Chalenor at 859-3156.
 According to Lewis Meyers of Turn of the Century Art Gallery, three Weed galleries, his, as well as Swanson Images and the River Run Gallery, will each be featuring a special exhibit for the day.  Meyers said that his gallery will be  showcasing hand crafted works  by himself and Bay Area artist William Wareham and that River Run will be celebrating their fourth anniversary and featureing the art work of Eloise Larson, Sharon LoMonaco, David Gochenour, Daryl Brooks and others.  The theme of the show is “four more.”  At Swanson Images, artist Bob Swanson will featuring his photo exhibit titled “Unseen Weed.”
The day will also see the local classic rock band Rival and the Mercantile will feature live blue grass with players from Rock Creek Crossing on hand to entertain.
For more information or to pick up a flea market or vendor application, visit the weed chamber of commerce website at or stop by the log cabin visitors center.