Every year since
Porter's early days, when the snow begins to melt, farmers get ready
to bring machinery into town to be auctioned off. Farmers and
townspeople from far and wide have always swamped Porter to try and
sell things they don't need, and see if they can get a hold of that
special thing they've been seeking for so long. Every year the
Market Day seems to attract more people and more consignments.
Market day causes Porter's population to be 20 times greater than
any other day. How's that for population explosion.
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A bird's eye view of Machine Alley on April 9, 1994
One of the three machine lanes, each containing two rows over 300
feet long. that's 1,800 feet of machinery alone! This photo was
taken during the record breaking Porter Auction on April 9, 1994.
Over 1,100 people were registered, the actual attendance is about 4
times that number. The 1994 auction had the biggest attendance since
the annual Market Day resumed after World War II.
A look at part of the crowd on machine alley during the 1997
Auction, April 19, 1997.
In 1998 things had to change. Industry had taken over machinery
alley and caused relocation of the grounds. Machinery was scattered
where ever it could be placed, but that didn't prevent another
record breaking year for attendance and consignments. On the left
you see a crowd at the scattered machine area. On the right is the
household items, only road construction can move this location.
Market Day dates can be found in the
Market Day 1999
Market Day 2000. - Every one was so busy trying to keep up with
the large crowd that we did not have a chance to take pictures.
Congratulations to every one that helped out with the auction in
Market Day 2001
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