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Restrictions issued to curb congestion at ‘World’s Largest’ sale

This year's sale set for Sept. 28-29

A couple from Essex County spending two days at the 2010 World's Largest Garage Sale event in Warrensburg  transports their purchases down Hudson St. The congestion and inconvenience to residents caused by tens of thousands of visitors to town has prompted town leaders to set new restrictions this year on vendors' vehicles and conduct. This year's edition of the great sale is set for Saturday Sept. 28 and Sunday Sept. 29.

A couple from Essex County spending two days at the 2010 World's Largest Garage Sale event in Warrensburg transports their purchases down Hudson St. The congestion and inconvenience to residents caused by tens of thousands of visitors to town has prompted town leaders to set new restrictions this year on vendors' vehicles and conduct. This year's edition of the great sale is set for Saturday Sept. 28 and Sunday Sept. 29. Photo by Thom Randall.

— With the town’s World’s Largest Garage Sale event approaching, municipal officials announced this week they will be enforcing new restrictions as well as toughening execution of existing laws that apply to vendors participating in major local events.

Following a meeting last week on how to keep better order in town during the World’s Largest sale, the Warrensburg Town Board issued a list of rules that vendors must follow.

The World’s Largest Garage Sale annually attracts as many as 70,000 people or more to town in fall, and various traffic- and trash-related problems routinely occur.

According to a new law, parking recreational vehicles, travel trailers, utility trailers and 18-wheelers on streets or public right-of-ways are prohibited.

Property owners who host vendors must now provide legal off-street parking for their various vehicles, town officials said this week.

The new rules for special event vendors prohibit them from falsely misrepresenting items they have for sale, creating obstructions on streets or sidewalks, selling any items in the street or sidewalk, or creating noise or broadcasting music.

Wastewater and grease must be disposed of in an approved manner, an Individual Participant Permit must be obtained and displayed, and the vendors must keep their premises clean.

The sale of animals, drug paraphernalia, tobacco products, pornographic material, alcoholic beverages, firearms, knives and weapons, fireworks or smoke bombs, are all prohibited.

Vendors violating these rules will be issued a warning notice from the Code Enforcement Officer Chris Belden, and failure to comply will prompt their vendor permit to be revoked, and result in a court appearance.

Those with questions about the ordinances are asked to consult with Belden. He can be reached at: 623-9214 or 260-5528.

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