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Flea market to open this weekend in Harpers Ferry

February 28, 2008

HARPERS FERRY, W.Va. - The Harpers Ferry Flea Market will open for the 2008 season this weekend, the operators of the market said in a news release.

There are rumors that the land has been sold to a housing developer but the land is still in the hands of the current owner, operators Dan Barnett and Ron Nowell said in the release.

"There are no bulldozers ripping through the flea market as some believe," Barnett and Nowell said.

Supporters of the flea market expressed concern about the future of the market at the intersection of U.S. 340 and Millville Road after the Jefferson County Planning Commission last summer approved a community impact statement for an apartment and duplex development there.

That project was thrown into question when a museum project was eyed for the area.

Now the museum project is changing in scope.

The flea market operates on Saturdays and Sundays and on Memorial Day and Labor Day, Barnett said.

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There are no hard and fast rules for the hours of the market, although things usually get started around 9 a.m. and it usually ends around 3 p.m. or 4 p.m., Barnett said.

The flea market is the No. 3 attraction in the county behind Charles Town Races & Slots and Harpers Ferry National Historical Park, Barnett and Nowell said.

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