Coon Rapids VFW auxiliaries host flea market, expo

The early-morning storm Saturday was barely over before Coon Rapids VFW ladies’ and men’s auxiliaries began their day-long, annual flea market and expo at the post home on Coon Rapids Boulevard July 13.

Jenny Johnson (left), Rainey Johnson, 4, and Tom Gable check out items for sale at the flea market and expo on the grounds of the Coon Rapids VFW Saturday.

Jenny Johnson (left), Rainey Johnson, 4, and Tom Gable check out items for sale at the flea market and expo on the grounds of the Coon Rapids VFW Saturday.

Besides the flea market vendors on the grounds of the VFW, there were other that sold their wares from the “boots” (trunks) of their vehicles, a tradition in Great Britain.

In addition, Coon Rapids snake breeder Scott Nellis presented an educational awareness display with some of his reptiles in glass cages for people to view and asked questions about.

“A lot of people came to look at the snakes and I was able to allay their fears of them,” Nellis said.

Nellis is in a court battle with the city of Coon Rapids over the snake breeding business and hobby that he operates out of his home.

In fact, Nellis has taken his case all the way to the Minnesota Court of Appeals, which was scheduled to hear oral arguments in his appeal of the city’s actions July 18.

Musician Zac Flategraff entertained during the outdoor event, while ladies’ auxiliary member Maria King signed copies of her book, “Promises to Keep.”

Members of the Coon Rapids VFW Men’s Auxiliary served food and beverages and the ladies’ auxiliary sold gently used purses to benefit the cancer society.

Proceeds from the flea market and expo went the auxiliary’s veterans and youth programs.

Peter Bodley is at peter.bodley@ecm-inc.com

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