FORT STEWART, Ga. - The big day is just around the corner.

The much-anticipated Great MWR Yard Sale will be open for business at Fort Stewart and Hunter Army Airfield from 8 a.m. until 2 p.m. April 16.

Spaces for sellers are still available at post housing on Stewart and Hunter, and at the Credit Union parking lot at Hunter. The more than 100 sellers' spaces at Club Stewart parking lot were filled soon after registration began.

The public is invited to purchase items at the sales.

If past years are any indication, the bargains will be plentiful.

"They'll be selling refrigerators, washers, dryers, furniture, household items, small appliances and kids' toys galore," said Randy Walker, intramural sports director. Walker is a coordinator of the Family and Morale, Welfare and Recreation event.

The Beta Gamma Gamma chapter of Omega Psi Phi will be one of the groups using the yard sales as a means to raise funds. Captain Kelvin Robinson, commander of D Company, 3/69 Armor, 1st Heavy Brigade Combat Team, 3rd Infantry Division, said all money raised will be placed in the fraternity's annual scholarship fund.

About 20 members of the chapter, from both Stewart and Hunter, are participating in preparation for the yard sale. "We've worked on several in the past and we've been quite successful," Robinson said.

Walker said there are two schools of thought about getting a great bargain at the Great MWR Yard Sale.

"The early bird gets the worm, as they say," said Walker. "A lot of people come out here real early, so they can get just what they want as soon as the sale begins. But then, there are others who believe they'll get the best bargains about the time the sale is to close, because the prices will be coming down."

Walker urged motorists to be careful where they park when visiting the Club Stewart parking lot, part of which is located across Steel Avenue from the Commissary loading zone. Parking in that loading zone is a violation, he said.

Registration for sale sites at on-post Stewart and Hunter housing, as well as for spaces at the Hunter Credit Union, will be accepted until April 14. The cost to sell at the parking lot is $5 per space.

There is no charge for on-post housing sellers, but they must register so their location can be published on maps that will be given to potential customers, Walker said. He added that about 20 on-post Stewart residents had registered for the sale.

Registration for on-post sales generally picks up as the sale gets closer, Walker said.

All sellers must sign up at the Sports Office, building 471 on Fort Stewart, or Tominac Fitness Center, building 919 at Hunter.

For more information, call 912-767-8238 at Stewart or 912-315-2019 at Hunter.

Fort Stewart and Hunter Army Airfield welcome civilian guests who want to visit the Great MWR Yard sale.

To be admitted to either post, guests must have a valid driver's license, registration and proof of vehicle insurance. Guests in the vehicle must have photo identification.

At Hunter, civilian guests are asked to enter through the Montgomery Street Gate. It is the only gate for vehicles that don't have military decals. That gate also is closest to the site of the sale in the Credit Union parking lot.