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One year after devastating fire, Walnut Creek Amish Flea Market will open to the public on July 30

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Posted at 8:07 AM, Jul 08, 2020
and last updated 2020-07-08 08:07:26-04

WALNUT CREEK TOWNSHIP, Ohio — Nearly a year after a devastating fire caused millions in damages and displaced more than 50 vendors, the Walnut Creek Amish Flea Market is ready to open after months of rebuilding, according to The Daily Record.

On Aug. 21, the 55,000-square-foot building at 1900 State route 30 went up in flames when a bolt of lightning struck the main building of the market. The fire instantly stopped business, preventing the nearly 17,000 visitors each year from coming to the popular tourist destination.

Aerial views of Walnut Creek Amish Flea Market shows destruction caused by a fire on Wednesday morning.

“Dealing with the devastation of a lot of the vendors losing everything and having to start over is one thing,” said co-owner January Tango said last week. “Mix in the COVID-19, and that put us back another six to eight weeks.”

She said most of the vendors are returning to the market, with a few retired and some who decided to move on, according to The Daily Record.

Vendors returned on July 1 to rebuild their spaces in the market building which has been restored, deep-cleaned and painted since the August fire.

The opening date for the market is July 30. Visitors will be welcome from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. every Thursday, Friday and Saturday through Dec. 19.'

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