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Canton Trade Days

If you mention Canton to anyone in Texas or any other state for that matter, there is a good chance they will know where and what you are talking about. Canton is known far and wide as the home of one of the oldest and largest flea markets in the country, First Monday Trade Days.  For one long weekend every month, between 200,000 and 400,000 tourists, visitors, and vendors roll into town and get together to create a shopping experience as big as Texas.  With over 450 acres of shopping (4 miles of it covered), families and friends can spend the entire weekend rummaging through collections, antiques, furniture, clothing and more to find that perfect item to take back home with them.  For some, it’s a search for the perfect sculpture to adorn the mantel above their fireplace, and for others it is the turkey legs, tornado fries, funnel cakes and fresh lemonade. Whatever the reason and whatever you are looking to find, you can find it at First Monday Trade Days.  This vibrant market stimulates the economy and is a great place to find fun, active part-time employment or to start your retirement business with little overhead.

Canton has much to offer besides First Monday. It’s a charming town that sits an hour east of Dallas on Interstate 20.  Its vibrant downtown is the heart of the city, which is a destination for shopping and dining in its own right.  As a National Main Street City, Canton is proud of its rich heritage, and its active volunteers work tirelessly to preserve it.  There are many opportunities to become involved with wonderful organizations, churches, and projects.  With year-round events including a Balloon Fest, two Western Swing festivals, a great Autumn Festival, fun runs, and one-of-a-kind July 4th and Christmas celebrations, there is always something to do in Canton.  

If it’s the peace and calm you are looking for, you can find that in Canton too. When all the visitors leave after First Monday Trade Days, it is not uncommon for the city to be back to its normal, small town atmosphere by Tuesday. These visitors bring in a lot of revenue and help the city operate on a level well above that of a similar size town. Our city has many amenities that other small towns do not have, including over 350 acres of parks and lakes, disc-golfing, fishing, walking trails, 2 top golf courses, playgrounds, soccer and baseball fields, tennis and basketball courts, hotels, restaurants, retail and much more. 

Canton is a great place to retire, and a great place to stay active.  We are the Walking Capital of Texas after all.



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