The Fond du Lac Lions will
assume sponsorship of the three flea markets formerly
operated by Gary Buelow through B & B Promotions.
Buelow retired from the flea market business after 30 years
of successful markets. He offered the Lions first
choice at taking over the operation since all proceeds from
the markets go to local charities.
The Fond du Lac Lioness have been providing
the food service for the shows for years and Buelow thought
it would be a good fit for the Lions to operate the markets
and the Lioness to run the food. Then, both clubs
could profit from the venture.
Buelow had his shows pared down to three per
year, mid-March, Memorial Day and Labor Day weekend.
The markets are held at the Fond du Lac County Fairgrounds.
The March market is held indoors in the Recreation Center
while the other two are held in the Expo Building and also
include outdoor booths. The March market is the only
one that has an admission fee, which is fifty cents.
As in years past, this show is sold out with
vendor space. "There will be 58 vendors occupying 77
booths filling the Rec. Center," says Tom Clausen who is
handling the vendor sales. "This should be another
good flea market."
The Evening Lions also operate the food concessions at the
three Central Wisconsin Gun Collectors shows in Fond du Lac
and at the Fond du Lac Home and Garden Show held every March
at the Fairgrounds.
About one-third of all proceeds made by the Evening Lions
goes to support local children who attend the Wisconsin
Lions Camp in Rosholt. Statewide, close to 1,500
blind, hard of hearing, cognitively disabled and diabetic
children attend the camp free of charge each year.
Clausen, past president of the Wisconsin Lions Foundation
that operates the camp, says that the proceeds from one flea
market will pay for one child from Fond du Lac to attend
Lions camp for a one-week experience of a lifetime.