Expanded weekend Cloverdale flea market in the works

Cloverdale’s popular Sunday flea market is poised for an overhaul.

The Lower Fraser Valley Fair Association announced Tuesday it’s seeking expressions of interest in operating a new Cloverdale Weekend Market that would combine a traditional flea market and country market – all in one place.

The association is looking to revitalize and expand the current Sunday swap meet by including more items and services in a one or two-day weekend market that would make its debut June 5.

“We’re looking forward to offering our changing community an updated and more urban style market while maintaining the traditions set on the fairgrounds,” association president Shannon Claypool said.

“We envision a weekly meeting place where the community can connect with one another while supporting local businesses.”

The fairgrounds are home to the Cloverdale Rodeo and Country Fair, taking place over the May long weekend each year. The facilities have hosted swap meets, markets and trade shows for more than 25 years, most recently the Sunday flea market, which operates year-round from 6 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sundays.

The association, which oversees operations at the Cloverdale Fairgrounds, is seeking proposals from qualified operators to assume management, marketing and operation of the Cloverdale Weekend Market.

Proposals are to be submitted no later than April 15.

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