Several years removed from its humble beginnings, the Great Bridge Fisherman’s Association Flea Market was enjoying the big time at the Chesapeake Convention Center.

Then the Covid-19 virus hit and forced the show’s cancelation after 13 years. The fundraising event was drawing record crowds and more than 100 vendors.

Well, the flea market returns to the center June 12 and founder-organizer Butch Pierce is expecting another record turnout.

“I think it will be the largest crowd ever,” he said. “Our marketing scheme reached more people than ever.”

Hours are 8 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. and admission is $4.

More than 100 vendors will hawk both new and used fishing equipment – everything from hooks and sinkers, rods and reels, motors and safety gear, even clothing.

The GBFA uses funds raised at the show to pay for annual scholarships.

The flea market grew up at the Hickory Ruritan Club’s facility on Battlefield Boulevard and grew so quickly that half of the show was outside. Now, weather is not a problem.

Pierce and club members are excited about its return.

“The city shut things down last year three days before the show,” Pierce said. “It was out of our control.

“We’re glad to get started again because it creates more opportunities for our community service.”

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