Upper Midwest Annual Gold Rush
Oronoco and Rochester, Minnesota, will be invaded by thousands of antique and flea market enthusiast this weekend, August 15-17. With nearly 1000 vendors throughout the city of Oronoco and another 1500 at the Olmstead County Fairgrounds, in Rochester, picking should be great. Both of these events have been featured on national collector shows such as Market Warriors, and Flea Market Finds with the Kovels.
Ornoco is primarily an outdoor event, with vendors scattered around the town. Entrance to the show is free, but may have to pay to park close to the event. Many residence charge to park in their yards. Free parking, close to the event is scarce, but available to the early birds.
Rochester has a majority of vendors inside with a nice group of vendors in the outdoor area. Also free admission, but there is a fee for parking on the grounds.
Oronoco, since 1972, approx 1000 vendors
Friday, 7:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.;
Saturday, 7:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.;
Sunday, 7:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.
Rochester, since 1973, Approx 1500 vendors
Friday: 8:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m. (setup)
Saturday: 8:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m.
Sunday: 8:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.