Bargains, Memories, and Tractors: Tales of the 7 Mile Fair

For over four decades, the 7 Mile Fair in Caledonia, Wisconsin, has been a bustling hub where farmers, traders, and shoppers converge. Its name, a nod to its location on 7 Mile Road, symbolizes more than just a place; it’s a community cornerstone.

Open throughout the year, every weekend, the flea market transforms into a vibrant marketplace.

In the warmth of summer, it’s exceptional, becoming a haven for fresh, locally sourced produce. Farmers’ stalls are brimming with seasonal offerings – from crisp asparagus and juicy strawberries to sweet corn, ripe tomatoes, and plump pumpkins.

But the bounty doesn’t stop at produce. Scents of freshly baked goods waft through the air alongside local honey and other delectable treats.

But what exactly are you seeking? The range of items on sale is vast. Dive into a treasure trove of antiques and collectibles, or find those daily essentials, like toothpaste, in a comfortable environment any time of the year, thanks to climate-controlled shopping.

My connection with the 7 Mile Fair goes way back to the 1960s. My family was part of the fabric of this fair, selling our home-grown produce – strawberries, green beans, beets, sweet corn, and tomatoes.

Those Saturdays spent picking and preparing the produce were more than work; they were family rituals. Come Sunday, we’d set up our stand early, ready to chat, haggle, and sell to familiar faces and new customers.

One of my most cherished memories involves a Sunday morning when my dad snagged a farm tractor for just $100, a steal by any measure. That same day, my younger brother, with a flair for business, flipped it for $200. It was a simple but effective lesson in economics.

The profits from those weekends at the fair were more than just monetary; they supported our education and taught us invaluable life lessons.

So, whether you’re a collector, a reseller, or someone who loves a good find, the 7 Mile Fair is where the value often surpasses the price tag.

Hours: Open every Saturday and Sunday, all year round. Location: 2720 W 7 Mile Rd, Caledonia, WI 53108

Video: Scott Niles Tours the 7 Mile Fair

Frequently Asked Questions

What is the 7 Mile Fair?

The 7 Mile Fair is Wisconsin’s largest flea market in Caledonia. It’s a vibrant marketplace open every weekend, where vendors sell various items, from fresh local produce to antiques and household goods.

Where is the 7 Mile Fair located?

It’s at 2720 W 7 Mile Road, Caledonia, WI 53108.

What can you find at the 7 Mile Fair?

Various items include fresh produce, antiques, collectibles, clothing, electronics, home goods, and unique crafts. There’s also a selection of food vendors offering delicious treats.

What are the operating hours of the 7 Mile Fair?

The fair is open every Saturday and Sunday, year-round. The specific hours can vary, so checking their website or social media for current information is recommended.

Can you find food at the 7 Mile Fair?

 Absolutely! The fair features various food options, from local Wisconsin favorites to international cuisine and snack and drink vendors.