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Flea market helps keep museum open, local history alive

Every first Saturday of the summer months the Garden of the Rockies Museum holds a flea market open to vendors of all kinds.

The last market of the summer is on Saturday, Aug. 5 and according to organizer Patti Mocabee, there are still open spots for vendors.

The market will be open from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. and will feature arts and crafts from local vendors. 

Local artist Guy Rowbury donated 20 prints that will also be sold at the flea market. 

The flea market is one way the museum raises funds to remain open. Being a non-profit they function largely off of donations, Mocabee said. In addition to donations, the museum collects $10 from each flea market vendor for table space. 

The Garden of the Rockies museum has been open since 1980, but work on the museum started as early as 1959, Mocabee said. The museum displays a variety of antiques, old pictures and relics from the local area. It also houses records of all Ronan High School alumni, and doubles as a record and exhibit of local history, she said. 

“We’re just hoping to get more people to gather to enjoy the market and learn a little about the local history,” Mocabee said. 

The museum is open weekdays 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Visits can also be scheduled by appointment by calling 676-5454. 

Vendors interested in being a part of the market can call 676-3261 to reserve a spot.

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