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Barn Sale, mum sale, recycling drive all in St. Charles

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  • Jeff Ralston places a hutch on top of a desk this week as he helps set up for the St. Peter Barn Sale coming up Saturday and Sunday at the Kane County Fairgrounds in St. Charles.

      Jeff Ralston places a hutch on top of a desk this week as he helps set up for the St. Peter Barn Sale coming up Saturday and Sunday at the Kane County Fairgrounds in St. Charles.
    Rick West | Staff Photographer


Drivers will find a little more traffic congestion than usual on Randall Road Saturday in St. Charles.

The St. Peter Church Barn Sale is at the Kane County Fairgrounds, 525 S. Randall Road. The county's monthly electronics recycling drive is essentially across the street, in the parking lot of the Kane County Circuit Court clerk's office.

And the Pottawatomie Garden Club will be selling mums in the front of that same parking lot.

Jennifer Jarland, recycling program coordinator, is not too concerned about sharing the lot with the mum-sellers, and doesn't think the Barn Sale will affect her event, since it is across the road.

Typically, 600 to 700 cars pull through her lanes, Jarland said, and volunteers help unload items.

"We get them through real quick," she said.

The recycling program runs from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Mum's the word

The mum sale is from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Besides mums, the club will sell perennials, floral arrangements and ornamental items.

It is the first mum sale for the club. It had planned to set up in front of the St. Charles Municipal Center on Main Street, but the parking lot there is closed due to construction.

Barn Sale starts early

The biggest factor to Randall Road traffic, besides the usual people doing their usual shopping at places such as Meijer and Costco, is the Barn Sale.

Bargain-hunters will be let in starting at 7 a.m. They can buy breakfast before they line up in front of the areas where bicycles and books are sold, according to Rama Canney, the church's marketing and volunteer coordinator.

The sale is 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday and 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sunday.

Canney estimated as many as 10,000 people might visit the sale on Saturday, the busiest day. "The parking lot surely is plentifully full," she said.

Volunteers will direct cars through the parking lot at the western border of the fairgrounds, aiming to keep things moving so cars don't back up on Route 38 at the entrance. Vehicles exit there also.

"We try to do our best," Canney said. " ... We've never heard a complaint about it."

Busy Sunday

Kane County isn't issuing any traffic advisories related to Saturday's events.

Instead, the sheriff's department is thinking about a charity motorcycle ride Sunday, the Ride for Autism Speaks. Up to 1,400 motorcyclists will head out at 10:30 a.m. from the Fox River Harley-Davidson dealership on Randall Road just south of Route 64. Riders will travel west on Route 38 to Beith Road to Maple Park, then to Thatcher Road, Washington Street, County Line Road, Route 64, Peplow Road, Center Street, Plank Road, Route 47, Big Timber Road, McLean Boulevard, Route 72, and Dundee/Penny Road. The ride ends in Palatine.

Intersections could be closed for up to 20 minutes, according to Sheriff's Lt. Patrick Gengler.

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