The Turlock Swap Meet is roaring onto the Stanislaus County Fairgrounds on Saturday and Sunday. For those who love old cars, great company and good food, this event isn’t one to miss.
Started by the Modesto Area A’s in 1965, the Turlock Swap Meet is still going strong today, and has earned a reputation as one of the finer events to focus on restoring and collecting antique and classic automobiles.
“What’s really nice about our Swap Meet is that it’s geared towards old cars,” said Jack Martin, one of the three managers of the Swap Meet. “We’re just trying to keep them all alive and going. It’s what we do. It’s our hobby. We all enjoy it.”
There are a number of community service clubs and youth organizations that assist with the Turlock Swap Meet in order to ensure it runs smoothly. Among them are Newman High School Future Farmers of America, Turlock Kiwanis Club, Turlock High School Future Farmers of America and Volunteers in Patrol, Turlock Police Department. Contributions to these clubs assist in funding their community projects and activities.
“There are all kinds of groups that come down here,” said Martin, “There are Chevy groups, there are all kinds and they come from everywhere. We get New Zealand, Australia – it’d really surprise you how many people there are and where they come from.”
An ATM is conveniently located in front of the main kitchen, which is near the information booth.
Fairground rules must be followed. Firearms, controlled substances and dogs not meant for service are not permitted. There must also be no cruising on motorcycles, bikes, cars, golf carts, mopeds, scooters or any other motorized conveyance. Only those vehicles designed for and used by handicapped persons will be allowed.
The Turlock Swap Meet will be open from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. Jan. 25 and from 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. Jan. 26. Admission is $10.00 on Saturday and $5.00 on Sunday. Children 12 and under get in free with an adult.