Brimfield antiques shows owners headed to trial

It was reported this afternoon the owners of several Brimfield Antiques shows will take their suit against the village to trial. Town Meeting voters rejected changing the way emergency services fees are charged to owners, arguing the fees are the only way the village can provide such services and not go in the red.

More than 20 promoters run shows in May, July and September in Brimfield, Mass., along Route 20.

As first reported by The Republican, May’s Antique Market, Inc., filed the original lawsuit in 2006. Owners claim the emergency services fees the town has collected from
the 20 show owners have sometimes been more than $100,000
higher than the cost of police, fire and ambulance protection provided during the shows.

A second lawsuit seeking the overturn of the emergency services fees
was filed in March by the owners of Mahogany Ridge, Shelton Antiques
and The Meadows New England Motel & Antique Market.

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Karen Knapstein

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Karen Knapstein is the editor of Antique Trader magazine. A lifelong collector and student of antiques, she has written dozens of articles on vintage collectibles and their historical context. She lives in Wisconsin with her husband, Joseph, and daughter, Faye. She can be reached at