Route 11 Yard Crawl a success

Despite the oppressive heat on Saturday, the 2016 Route 11 Yard Crawl was a resounding success, Cheri Wright, executive director of the Shenandoah County Chamber of Commerce, said on Wednesday.

“Friday and early Saturday it seemed a lot busier than it had in past years,” Wright said. “Friday was quite booming … especially compared to last year, there was a lot more traffic. … I saw a lot more people out and a lot more people participating in sales than last year. Susan (Grabill) at the Edinburg Flea Market also said they were unbelievably more busy than last year.”

Wright also explained how those tasked with organizing the Yard Crawl, which ran from Stephens City in Frederick County south along U.S. Route 11 to New Market in Shenandoah County, were pleased with the use of large areas like Massanutten Military Academy and the Edinburg Flea Market, which served as de facto home bases, offering things that family sellers could not necessarily offer in front of their homes.

“Massanutten Military Academy was new this year but we’re trying to focus on the bigger sports,” Wright said. “There is parking and it is safer for them (shoppers). We want to get them to the (Edinburg) Flea Market, the Family Drive-In and Massanutten Military Academy. There’s food and water. Water this year was a big thing.”

She said they are hoping for bigger locations that can hold more vendors and provide a better shopping experience.

“It’s better to be able to park in a parking lot and see a lot of vendors. People having them in their homes can kind of pose a safety issue. There’s not really a shoulder on Route 11,” she said.

A scavenger hunt was added to the Yard Crawl this year, and was a success, said Wright.

“It went really well,” she said. “We had one winner who got everything done. And many people kept checking in. I was surprised that she was able to find everything on that list.”

Local restaurants, hotels and shops also enjoyed the usual bump in business, she said.

“The hotels were very pleased,” Wright said. “Whatever rooms they had were booked Friday night. Woodstock Cafe said they were extremely busy. They saw a slight increase from last year. The businesses in New Market said the same things. We were really pushing to make sure that people shopped local and ate at our local eateries. We want to make sure people are eating at locally owned establishments.”

Contact staff writer Nathan Budryk at 540-465-5137 ext. 155, or nbudryk@nvdaily.com