New Waterloo antiques show postponed


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WATERLOO, Iowa — Main Street Waterloo has decided to postpone its “At the Crossing Antique Fair” due to a lack of dealers. Though a date has not been set, Main Street Waterloo plans to organize an antique fair in 2011.

Mitch Biersner of Main Street Waterloo told Antique Trader magazine that although dealers were interested in a downtown antiques show in October, too few committed to the endeavor to launch this year.

“We were looking at a one-day move in and move out, and that’s a lot,” he said. “We got a handful of vendors — very good ones — but we decided it would be better for all if we look at starting it next year. It would have been a huge challenge.”

It’s likely promotion for a 2011 event will start earlier in the year, but the event will still be held in the autumn. “Dealers we talked to said it was a good time of year,” Biersner said. “We’re not going to give up on it, not where we are now.”

Main Street Waterloo is a private-public partnership dedicated to the revitalization the city’s downtown center. Waterloo became a Main Street community in 1996, when Cedar Skyline Corporation, the UpDowntowners, Waterloo Downtown Council and the Waterloo Redevelopment Authority were combined into a single entity under the umbrella of Main Street Waterloo.

Main Street Waterloo is an affiliate of the Main Street Iowa program, using the National Main Street Center’s “Four Point Approach” to downtown revitalization.

The program stresses a public-private partnership and is utilized by nearly 2,000 communities of all sizes in 42 states. Using this approach, 33 Iowa downtowns are working to strengthen the overall social and economic health of their central business districts, and re-establish their commercial districts as the community focal point and center of activity.

Main Street Waterloo receives its funding from donations, rents collected, grants, sponsorships, and revenue from events.

For information on exhibiting at the 2011 event, contact Biersner at 319-291-2038 or mitch@mainstreetwaterloo.org. ?


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