No need to “Swap” this SCV tradition

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From purses, video games, art, jewelry, and more, the Santa Clarita Swap Meet is home to ¬†many items that can’t be found at your local superstore. With food and music to accompany, there’s something for every member of the family to enjoy.

Located at the Saugus Speedway, some vendors both local and out-of-state have been selling at the Swap Meet for over 30 years.

Before the Saugus Speedway came to exist, the area was owned by Roy Baker; who used the area to build a rodeo arena that could host over 18,000 spectators. After the Great Depression hit, the rodeo arena was sold to Hoot Gibson; a notable cowboy actor who turned the arena into a movie set. (1)

After a purchase by William Bonelli in 1937, he built a quarter-mile dirt track and named it the Bonelli Ranch Stadium. Open-wheel racing began to take part, which proved to be a huge success as the stadium drew crowds of over 10,000 people. The dirt track was paved in 1954, and the Bonelli Ranch Stadium was now known as the Saugus Speedway. (2)

The Swap Meet itself started in 1963 along with the races. The event was a success, and continues to thrive to this very day.

Currently open on Tuesdays, Saturdays and Sundays, the Swap Meet contains both loyal shoppers and vendors. The Swap Meet contains a fair amount of people on Tuesdays and Saturdays, but the event thrives on Sundays as live music and food trucks show up to provide for entire families.

The Swap Meet is open from 7:00 to 1:00 p.m. on Tuesdays and Saturdays, and from 7:oo to 2:00 p.m. on Sundays. Admission and parking is free for both Tuesday and Saturday, while admission is $1.50 on Sundays as parking remains free.

 

Sources: (1)

http://www.scvhistory.com/scvhistory/speedwaychronology.htm

(2)

http://www.saugusspeedway.com/about-saugus-speedway

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