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World's Largest don't question it!

WARRENSBURG Its notorious and in some ways, beyond description. Its huge. It has set records and launched knock-off events. Its helped local families cope with winter fuel bills. Its earned its place in the Guinness Book of Records. Most of all, its given Warrensburg recognition across the Northeast. What is it? Its the Worlds Largest Garage Sale. Dont question the title, the town owns it. Its the weekend that a mass of humanity and vehicles swallow this peaceful, laid-back town for a two-day frenzy of bargain hunting, with a swarming mile-long crowd browsing amongst wares from hundreds of vendors and 1,000 or more garage sales in the vicinity. Whether its collectibles, specialty or distressed goods, vehicle parts, antiques, old toys, vintage jewelry, household goods, tools or virtually anything imaginable its for sale at Warrensburgs huge sale. Dont doubt it. The event, begins this year at 9 a.m. Sat. Oct. 4 and runs until 6 p.m., with the same hours for Sun. Oct. 5. The event, which lives up to its title, annually attracts tens of thousands of people. Residents extend a warm welcome to town, and invite you to come back and enjoy a visit when the true character of the town is evident, when there are 3,800 year-round residents here, rather than the 70,000 or so expected this weekend. We offer some practical tips, however, to make your stay this weekend a more pleasant one. Heres the scoop on how to avoid frustration of crushing traffic and maximizing your bargain-hunting exhilaration: Arrive early on Friday, check into an area inn or motel, and get into town before 7:15 a.m. A lot of vendors are setting up Friday anyway, and many savvy shoppers who know this are getting first pick of a wide range of wares. If you do arrive Saturday, take the Northway to exits 22, 24 or 25. Avoid Northway Exit 23, the primary road into Warrensburg, since it becomes very congested. By 8:30 or 9 a.m. Saturday, traffic can be backed up for nearly two miles. From Exit 22, turn left onto Rte. 9 and drive just a few miles north to Warrensburg. From exit 24, go south on Schroon River Road and park at the Warrensburg High School where shuttle buses will take you in and out of town. Or, from Exit 25, head south out of Chestertown on Rte. 9 into Warrensburg. Here are some further tips for garage sale enjoyment:. Have plenty of cash on hand. Dress in layers as Adirondack weather is unpredictable. Bring a backpack so you can haul your bargains home. When parking your car, be courteous and be aware of private property. Dont block driveways, fire hydrants or public access. Many vehicles end up towed each year. Wear comfortable shoes because you will walk a lot. You never know what treasure is just another block away.

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