There were plenty of gourds to choose from.

    The King of Trails Marketplace was a success Saturday despite dreary weather. Vendors and sellers gathered with their tables and tents on the Downtown Square, adjacent to the Pavilion under construction, to show off their goods to eager buyers. If you came hungry, there was plenty of food to choose from whether it was fresh produce or baked goods.

    Todd Ellingson was there with handmade animal sculptures and bags of all sizes. He brought these all the way from Rwanda, where he and his wife Andria are Christian missionaries. They teach the women there how to sew so they can make money for their families.

    Kristina Gray was also there showcasing her local history book, "Images of America: Crookston" and had some good looking gourds for sale. Gourds were sure a popular item at this year's Marketplace as almost half of the sellers had them. The most popular were the swan-shaped gourds.

    There were only a couple garage sale tables, but there was a nice variety of items to choose from. Meanwhile, all over Crookston, as part of the "Community-wide Garage Sale" event that coincided with the King of Trails event, Crookston residents, either on their own or teaming up with friends and neighbors hosted rummage sales.