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EDINBURG, Va. (WHSV)-- The Route 11 'yard crawl' draws in treasure-hunters from all over Virginia every year.

Bill Smith, the owner of Edinburg Renaissance Bed and Breakfast, is completely booked with people coming to Shenandoah County just for the event. As a county board member too, he sees the event as a way to boost the economy.

"An activity like this gives every merchant the opportunity to show their products," said Smith.

Abby French is an Edinburg resident and a mother of four. She says she loves to take her kids out to the crawl.

"It's a good learning opportunity, and it's just fun. It's fun to run into people, fun to see what you can find," said French.

The yard crawl technically doesn't begin until Aug. 9, but it's already in full force. One concern locals have is the amount of traffic it brings to the area.

"But as somebody who has to navigate the area, it's one of those days that you just try not to have to use your car," said Smith.

One local let out a big sigh when asked about the traffic.

"You have to be aware that there are going to be... you know the car in front of you might, you know something might catch someone's eye and they might pull off quickly," said French.

Even with the huge increase in traffic, French still sees the crawl as a benefit to the area.

"It's good to see this really catching the attention of so many and bringing so many to the area, good for tourism, and it's just something you deal with," said French.

It's not just the cars to be worried about, pedestrians can be just as big of an issue.

"Those people are more intent upon getting to the table than they are in looking at whether there's traffic coming north or south," said Smith.

The Route 11 yard crawl takes place Aug.9 starting at 7 a.m. It stretches from New Market all the way to Stephens City.


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