Brickyard Barter Day next Saturday
by: Stephanie Ockerman, The Morehead News
published: August 15, 2018
Bartering – or exchanging items without money – will be the focus of the first Brickyard Barter Day on Saturday, Aug. 25, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
The event will be held at The Brickyard, the old Haldeman brickyard, 4500 Open Fork Road, Morehead.
No money will be allowed to be exchanged on this day. Everything is bartering only. If it is legal in Kentucky, it will be allowed to be traded, swapped or exchanged.
The only exception will be items that will be for sale in the MKM Soap Mercantile. If persons see something they want to negotiate about, but don’t have anything, only money, they can purchase items in the store to take outside to a booth.
“A lot of people don’t have a lot of money,” said Craig Riggsby, barter day organizer and co-owner of The Brickyard with his wife Susan.
“This is an opportunity for those who can’t afford to buy things. Everybody’s got something laying around, so grab something you don’t want anymore and bring it on down.”
Persons wanting to barter with animals and produce have already contacted the Riggsbys saying they want to participate. Craig expects knife traders to be on hand, too.
“This is going to be a unique event because you don’t see anything like it around here,” Susan said.
There is no charge to set up. For information call 780-4043 and ask for Soapbox Willie.
The Riggsbys want to remind people that Haldeman, located off KY 174, is a community that once was home to several thriving businesses.
They are helping revitalize it by making The Brickyard home to their soap-making business, MKM (Morehead Kentucky Made) Soap, with a factory and curing shed, and selling local artwork.
The Brickyard, that neighbors the Haldeman Community Center, is where the Riggsbys hope to create a place where people can bring their families and spend the day.
Future plans include a brickyard museum, pavilion for live music, picnic tables to enjoy a meal outdoors, live animals for kids to pet and feed, extra parking for community center events, and more.