Junk At The Mill, The Junk Ranch Cater To Cus­tomers

Washington County Enterprise-Leader - - JUNK WEEKEND - STAFF RE­PORT

PRAIRIE GROVE — If you are look­ing for a lot of food, a lot of mu­sic, a lot of junk, Prairie Grove is the place to be dur­ing Oct. 4-7.

A 36-acre pas­ture will be filled with more than 100 ven­dors and thou­sands of shop­pers at The Junk Ranch, lo­cated on Cen­terpoint Church Road just out­side the Prairie Grove city lim­its.

Inside the city, the his­toric Wash­ing­ton County Milling Co., on Mock Street, pro­vides a smaller venue for cus­tomers to also shop unique booths and en­joy the set­ting of the his­toric build­ing that once pro­duced mil­lions of pounds of flour a year in Prairie Grove.

Junk at the Mill

This is the ninth show for Junk at the Mill, which opens two times a year, in June and in Oc­to­ber. Junk at the Mill will be open 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Oct. 4-6 at 501 S. Mock St. Ad­mis­sion and park­ing are free.

The fall 2018 show will have more than 25 ven­dors, in­clud­ing three new ven­dors. One will of­fer restora­tions of cast iron. An­other has fall dec­o­ra­tions, and a third new ven­dor will have fresh, fall mums for sale.

The old milling struc­ture, built in 1919, was in to­tal dis­re­pair when Mar­cus Nall, who grew up in Prairie Grove, pur­chased the build­ing in 2011.

In the early days, flour mills in Prairie Grove op­er­ated day and night and turned out about 2.4 mil­lion pounds of flour per year. About 60,000 bushels of wheat were shipped from the el­e­va­tors each year. Rail­road cars came to the mills, and the prod­uct was loaded on the train and shipped out from there.

Af­ter pur­chas­ing the old build­ing, Nall spent the next five years re­mod­el­ing and ren­o­vat­ing the struc­ture, with the goal to keep it as his­tor­i­cally ac­cu­rate as pos­si­ble.

Nall re­tained the orig­i­nal name of the busi­ness, the Wash­ing­ton County Milling Co., for his new ven­ture.

To­day, Wash­ing­ton County Milling Co., is an event cen­ter for ac­tiv­i­ties such as fam­ily reunions and wed­ding re­cep­tions, and also is used for many com­mu­nity events.

Nall has said he came up with the idea for Junk at the Mill as an­other way to draw peo­ple to come see the his­toric build­ing, which now is the only re­main­ing flour mill struc­ture in Prairie Grove.

The Junk Ranch

The Junk Ranch vin­tage fair draws thou­sands of shop­pers and will be held 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Oct. 5-6. Fri­day is con­sid­ered an early shop­ping day and tick­ets cost $10 and are good for both days. Gen­eral ad­mis­sion on Satur­day is $5. Park­ing is free. Chil­dren 12 and un­der are free.

The Junk Ranch is lo­cated on 36 acres of pas­ture land off U.S. 62 near the Prairie Grove by­pass. The spe­cific ad­dress is 11195 Cen­terpoint Church Road, Prairie Grove.

The fall show will have more than 100 ven­dors of­fer­ing around 200 booths with vin­tage and an­tique items, re­pur­posed fur­ni­ture, jewelry, unique gifts and home dec­o­ra­tions and sal­vage ma­te­ri­als. Along with shop­ping and brows­ing, cus­tomers can en­joy food ven­dors and live mu­sic.

The Junk Ranch is held twice a year, in June and again in Oc­to­ber. The busi­ness is owned by Amy Daniels and Julie Speed, both of Prairie Grove, and evolved from their first event called Farm Fresh in Septem­ber 2013. The women knew they needed more space and de­cided to re­lo­cate to land owned by Speed and her fam­ily.

The Junk Ranch has grown from 45 ven­dors in 2013 to more than 100 ven­dors to­day.

For more in­for­ma­tion, go to the­junkranch.net or The Junk Ranch on Face­book.

FILE PHO­TOS

Jan­ice Hughes, left, with the Gilded Pas­sion ven­dor tent from Smack­over talks to cus­tomers about her items for sale dur­ing the fall 2017 show of The Junk Ranch, lo­cated just out­side Prairie Grove city lim­its. Thou­sands of peo­ple, mainly women, shop at The Junk Ranch dur­ing its June and Oc­to­ber shows.

The Wash­ing­ton County Milling Co., a for­mer flour mill built in 1919, will be filled with ven­dors and food dur­ing Junk at the Mill Thurs­day through Fri­day. Ven­dors will be inside the build­ing and on its out­side grounds. Ad­mis­sion and park­ing are free.

This booth shows ex­am­ples of re­cy­cled and re­pur­posed items that may be found at The Junk Ranch vin­tage event in Prairie Grove on Oct. 5-6. This is a booth from the June 2017 show.

Junk at the Mill will be held Fri­day and Satur­day at The Wash­ing­ton County Milling Co., on Mock Street in Prairie Grove. The build­ing, once a flour mill, has been re­stored as an event cen­ter.

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