Enjoy artifact hunting while supporting veterans this weekend at a large outdoor market in Bay City

Bay City, Michigan – Urban Salvage Vintage Market returns for its seventh year this weekend at Bay City’s Veterans Memorial Park. According to the organizers, this year’s event is set to be the biggest yet.

“We have a great group this year, over 100 [vendors]Organizer Howie Dieffenbach said.

Market 2022 will take place from 9am-5pm on August 13 and from 9am-3pm on August 14th in Fitz Park. There is a $4 admission fee. However, veterans and children 12 and younger are free. Parking is also free at Vets Park.

The main focus of the event, apart from the old market itself, is a dedicated focus on supporting veterans and the nonprofits that serve them.

Over 100 vendors will be set up throughout the park to allow attendees to search for a variety of ancient and antique treasures and special finds. Dieffenbach said that this year the market will work to raise funds and raise awareness for three nonprofit organizations in the area that are connected to veterans in the same way: the Veterans Learning Center and Midland Museum, the Bay City Veterans Foundation, and Valley Garden. Bay County Club.

Dieffenbach explained that each organization is associated with or involved in the event in different ways. He said the Veterans Recognition Center ensures that veterans are able to attend the event at no cost.

Meanwhile, the event aims to try to raise funds and raise awareness for the Bay Veterans Foundation, which works to equip veterans with skills to help them find work or further their education, Diefenbach said.

As for the Valley Garden Club, the group will be at the event hosting raffles and fundraisers. According to Diefenbach, the club is working to beautify the area around the private memorial sculpture currently in the Kantzler Arboretum, which is across the street from the community center at 800 JF Kennedy Drive in Bay City. The statue is a life-size piece of art depicting a famous scene from the Battle of Iwo Jima.

The event has honored veterans of the past, something Dieffenbach said he and the organizers saw the need for.

“We just thought it was needed,” he said. “No offense to the other nonprofits, everyone has a worthy cause but it looks like there may have been a lack of interest in the veterans. So we’re just trying to highlight that and maybe do some good.”

This weekend market brings veterans together with some old-fashioned shopping fun in a large outdoor setting where all kinds of unique gadgets and antiques are available.

“We have everything from vinyl records, vintage clothing, vintage jewelry, antique signage, farm chic—that’s kind of the latest in fashion,” Dieffenbach said. “There are a lot of things for men too, not just for women, it’s for men – tools and lanterns, things like that.”

Dieffenbach added that sellers will also be there who specialize in repurposing items into something completely new.

Aside from searching for ancient treasures at vendor stalls, the event will also feature food trucks and entertainment.

“It’s fun for everyone. It’s our way of engaging with society, giving people something they can do,” Dieffenbach said.

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