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New show ‘Flea on 53’
coming to La Grange, Ky.
Stewart Promotions is organizing event
with 200 vendors expected
LA GRANGE, Ky. (June 2021) – As an antique dealer, a large portion of Andy Albatys’ life has centered on collecting valuable objects noted for their artistry, beauty or age. He will be bringing many of his collectibles to a new flea market show in La Grange, Ky. that organizers hope will be become an annual event and attract many to the small town several weekends a year.
Albatys has a passion for collecting vintage military, Kentucky Derby items and other memorabilia. A little over a year ago he closed a store he has had for the past 20 years on Bardstown Road in the Highlands. He made the decision to close Antiques at Douglass Loop “in January of last year to go out and do more shows. Then they got canceled because of COVID,” said Albatys, who grew up in the Fern Creek area of Louisville and now lives in Henryville, Ind.
He hasn’t participated in a show in Kentucky since February 2020 and says he is looking forward to being one of 200 vendors participating in “Flea on 53,” scheduled from 2-7 p.m. Friday, June 25, and from 9 a.m. - 4 p.m. Saturday, June 26. This flea market will be held at CityPlace, 112 S. First Ave., in La Grange. Both parking and admission are free.
Andy Albatys greets customers at a previous show. He collects vintage military and Kentucky Derby items and more.
Flea on 53 is a show that is being presented by Stewart Promotions, a company in Louisville, said Sandie Fulks, executive director of the La Grange Main Street Program. “We’re so excited that they have chosen to bring the show to La Grange. It will be a nice addition to our other spring and summer events, like the weekly La Grange Farmers Market, the La Grange ArtsFest, the World War II Memorial Dedication, Trackside Market, etc.”
“I’m looking forward to coming to La Grange,” said Albatys. “I hope it will be the beginning of a long-time event for us. Stewart Promotions always draws a lot of people.”
Albatys said he has been a part of the show the Stewarts put on at the Louisville Fairgrounds for 30 years. “It’s among my favorites.”
He said the fact that Stewart Promotions is behind this event “is the reason why a lot of people feel really comfortable with attending a new show. They’re very professional.”
John Stewart, co-owner of Stewart Promotions along with his father, Terry, said, “We’ve done events at the Fairgrounds (in Louisville) for over 40 years.” The business began as a small family owned business in 1973 with its first show at the Kentucky Fair and Expo Center in Louisville. Stewart said his grandfather, John, started the business.
Stewart Promotions is well-known for its Labor Day and New Years flea markets in Louisville. And its annual Christmas Gift and Decor Show is the largest of its kind in the area. All shows have free admission.
All of these shows are held indoor, but with Flea on 53, the business has a chance to put booths indoors and out. “Washington Street will be closed also. It’s going to be more of a festival atmosphere. There will be food trucks, and we hope to eventually have entertainment.”
Stewart said the La Grange Main Street organization “came to us a few years ago about doing a show, but we had a full schedule. We kept it in mind, and with COVID, that gave us a chance to revisit the idea and check out the facility.”
Stewart said he has a lot of friends from Louisville who had moved to Oldham County, and he also “lived in Oldham County a little while. I know it’s growing. But people always have to go to Louisville for this type of event.”
Oldham County residents will be able to stay in the county this year on the fourth weekend in June to enjoy a Stewart Promotions show. “Our hope is to have four or five next year. We’re looking forward to possibly having one more in 2021,” in Oldham County.
The floor plan for CityPlace will hold 200 booths, said Stewart. “It’s filling up fast.”
This flea market “will have a little bit of everything,” he said. One of CityPlace’s two pavilions, Pavilion 2, will be exclusively for vintage items. Pavilion 1 and the plaza will have mixed merchandise, including antiques, collectibles, clothing, crafts, art and jewelry, just to name a few.
Most of the booths will feature local crafters and merchants like Albatys. “Some have never done anything with us,” Stewart said.
Stewart Promotions holds events in Kentucky, Indiana and Tennessee. Its Knoxville Flea Market has been a community staple since 1993. Stewart said this is “the first time we’ve done a new location in a new area for a while.”
Albatys said he “likes the area a lot.” He believes a lot of people interested in antiques and collectibles will attend. “It’s a different market.”
He also said the location is “really accessible, near the interstate. I’ve heard nothing but good things about the venue.”
“It’s so exciting to see people be able to get out and enjoy downtown, see friends and visit their favorite stores and restaurants again,” said Fulks. “The whole town seems so full of energy and excitement right now as events are happening and restrictions are being lifted.”
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