If you are not going to the Turlock Swap Meet at the Stanislaus County Fairgrounds this weekend or live near that area, it is advised to steer clear of the area due to heavy traffic and special conditions.
Friday traffic was backed up all around the Stanislaus County Fairgrounds as vendors poured into the area. Soderquist Road was blocked off around 2:30pm so vendors staged in the grass field parking lot could cross the road over into the fairgrounds.
From that point on, the area has had traffic congestion on Canal Dr., Fulkerth Rd./ Hawkeye Ave., Golden State Blvd., Soderquist Rd., First St., and Broadway Ave. Fulkerth Rd. has many street signs in the turn lane pointing out “No U-Turns” while the entire area has barricades with “No Parking” signs on them. Some roads are blocked off such as Joett Dr. and Soderquist between Canal + Fulkerth.
As people are loading up Red Flyer wagons full of car parts or driving away in a newly purchased car, the area is destined to only have more traffic with special conditions.
Sunday’s traffic should be intense because that is when the event is over and people will be pulling out of the fairgrounds from almost every exit available. Fulkerth usually has directed traffic conditions right by the Golden State Blvd. and Fulkerth Rd. intersection. This area along with Canal from First St. to Tully is usually congested with traffic.
This is a rain or shine event and is attended by “regulars,” so don’t expect turnouts to be any less than the usual tens of thousands who come to Turlock for one of the best swap meets in California.