Barriere Curling Rink was built in 1979. The first game was an exhibition game played in December 1979. The first league game was played in January 1980.
The first Curling Club Flea Market was held in the mid 1980’s.
Over the years the number of curlers has dropped significantly, but the interest and enthusiasm in the flea markets remain as strong today as the first ones so many years ago.
The original organizers say they can recall how excited they where when the curling rink filled up with vendors and shoppers.
Currently we hold two Flea Markets a year, one in the spring after the ice is out, and one in the fall before the ice goes in. These fundraisers help with the operational costs of running the Curling Club.
In recent years for the spring Flea Market, we have rented out 60 tables. These are tables that individuals rent to sell their wares. Items sold range from home-based business products, crafts, tools, antiques, clothes or accumulated knick knacks or household item that they no longer need. We have many repeat buyers and vendors.
The Curling Club also has a table full of donated flea market items. These come from people who don’t want a table of their own, but want to get rid of excess things. Among the items collected so far for the 2014 Spring Flea Market are; a bed frame, small furniture, shelving, household items, and approximately 2000 like new Country CDs.
Items left after the sale are then passed on to other charities such as the Big Brothers, or books to the Barriere Lions Club. The Curling Club makes money from the sales at this table, the tables rented, and a small concession we operate during the event. The 50/50 draw is also very popular.
This spring’s Flea Market will be held on May 3, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Anyone interested in renting a table, or wanting information, or if you have any items to donate, please call Jane at 250-672-9301.