MADISON, N.Y. – Jock Hengst, owner of the Madison-Bouckville Antiques Show, announced today he is ending the event’s 39-year run by selling the land to a farmer after a failed, five-year attempt to sell the business.
Hengst told television station WSYR he finalized the sale of 90 acres of land to White Eagle Farms Oct. 29. Located about 100 miles west of Albany, N.Y. the Madison-Bouckville show began as an antiques event in a town filled with antiques shops to increase the business in Hengst’s restaurant, The Landmark Tavern.
What started as a nice weekend in the back field for about 40 exhibitors in 1971 grew like a weed in a hay field to nearly 1,000 vendors in just a few years.
The size has leveled off at about 700 contracted spaces for several years, but the show over time has spawned many other open air markets, about 20 all totaled stretching down Route 20 about two miles to the center of Madison, N.Y., thus the combined name for the event.
A four-page feature on the Aug. 20-22 anniversary show was a highlight in the Sept. 29 edition of Antique Trader. But the coverage may be found at www.AntiqueTrader.com.
-posted by Eric Bradley