Belvidere Illinois Late Night Flea Market
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ANNUAL LATE-NITE FLEA MARKET, JUNE 17, 2017
BELVLIDERE, ILLINOIS. It’s MOON-LITE Madness, on Saturday June 17, 2017 from 3PM TO MIDNIGHT AT THE Boone County Fairgrounds located at 8791, IL. Rt. 76 in Belvidere, Illinois
“No need for Sun-Tan lotion at this market,” state Bob Zurko of Zurko’s Midwest Promotions, promoter of the special event. It’s a night of “Flea & Fun”!
It’s treasure-hunting at its finest, as dealers gather their “FLEAS & STUFF including Antiques, Crafts, County Furniture, Old Comics, Toys, MEMORABILIA of all sorts and lots of Collectibles. The “NITE” market affords a great opportunity for folks who generally cannot attend a Flea Market during the day. Great food & snacks will be available. Dealers will be indoors, in tents and open-air, as the market goes rain or “MOON SHINE”! As always, the fun is in the hunt. Bring ‘FLASHLIGHTS”! For additional information on this and other Zurko Promotions, call or write: 115 E. Division St. Shawano, WI. 54166 (715-526-9769) www.zurkopromotions.com
Additional information to be posted for the June 17, 2017 event
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Boone County Fairgrounds
8791 IL Route 76
Belvidere, IL 61008
Boone County Fairgrounds
Belvidere, IL 61008
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Zurko Promotions’ flea markets bring the unusual to town
Written by Bob Balgemann
BELVIDERE – The large Incredible Hulk balloon hovering over the entrance to the Boone County Fairgrounds on Saturday told passers-by something unusual was going on there. It was a Zurko Promotions’ flea market with the usual array of items inside and outside the show buildings.
But this flea market, was unusual in that it didn’t operate during typical daylight hours. It opened at 3 p.m. and didn’t close until midnight.
Independent lighting systems scattered about the grounds gave patrons plenty of visibility so they could check out the treasures offered for sale by area vendors.
In addition, actress Michelle Shields was on hand to sign autographs.
She is starring in “Frankenstein: Day of the Beast,” which she termed “a high-budget independent film” that will be released Oct. 17.
It’s a new take on the Mary Shelley novel and the 1931 classic motion picture starring Boris Karloff as the monster. She said she was interested in the part of Elizabeth Frankenstein, wife of the Dr. Victor Frankenstein, because she was “not just a throw-away character.”
The movie, she said, is more a story of the relationship between the monster and Elizabeth.
Further, she said, “It’s the Frankenstein monster like you’ve never seen him before. He’s pure evil; an abomination. You don’t feel sorry for him at all.”
The movie, shot in 2011, first was released in Germany, where some of its content was cut because it was perceived to be too violent. The version to be shown in the United States won’t be edited, she said.
Most of the films she’s been in are horror, though she doesn’t necessarily prefer that genre. “I just happened to do a lot of them,” she said.
Shields said she’s been in 10 motion pictures, “give or take,” along with a lot of cameos and short films. Three of them, “Fred Claus,” “Public Enemy” and “Dark Knight,” were industry films, not independents, she said.
Her background includes high school plays and theater. “I do miss the instant gratification of theater,” she said. “In a comedy they either laugh or they don’t.”
Zurko Promotions’ all-night flea market, at the DuPage County Fairgrounds in Wheaton Illinois, will have another veteran entertainer whose popular sit-com dates to the mid-1960s.
He is Butch Patrick, who portrayed Eddie Munster in the popular 30-minute television show, “The Munsters,” which ran from 1965 to 1969. Last year the Wheaton market featured Lou Ferrigno, the original Hulk.
More than 75 flea market booths at the Boone County Fairgrounds event were set up inside two show buildings and on the grounds.
One of the new additions was a collection of individualized chairs, tables, chests of drawers, headboards and other furniture crafted by Chris Woods and family from Hinkley.
“Everything is recycled,” he said. He gets his materials from garage sales, thrift stores, Goodwill, Craig’s List, “wherever I can find it.”
He does most of the work though daughter Ciera helps, he said.
Woods said he began making these creations in November. “I worked in construction but there isn’t any work,” he said.
The furniture has a variety of themes, including music, sports, Star Wars and motorcycles. “I sold all the Bears chairs,” he told a would-be buyer. “Sorry.”
Another newcomer was a booth where pastries and sweet breads were sold to benefit a soup kitchen on the west side of Chicago.
Shoppers included the Little family from Belvidere, who utilized a stroller to carry out bookend-style bird houses.
“I love bird houses,” Bill Little said. “And it has a Green Bay Packers emblem on it.”
Bob Zurko has been promoting events for 43 years and has flea markets in Illinois, Wisconsin and Michigan. He arrived at the fairgrounds the day before this event to help set it up.
He said he likes to put on events that are fun, such as the one in Boone County.