Due to the retirement of long-time antiques show managers Dick and Roma Taylor, the Zoar Community Association of Zoar, Ohio, has selected Richard and Jan Wilks as the event’s new managers. The Wilks are both retired:Richard from the General Electric Company and Jan from elementary school education. After several moves around the country, they have resided in Chagrin Falls for the last 18 years.
Richard and Jan have collected antiques their entire married life of nearly 45 years. It started when Richard purchased a $5 harness maker’s bench that they still have. (It won a blue ribbon prize the next year in a fair in Hamilton County, Ohio.) Their love of antiques grew when, about 10 years ago, they volunteered to start an antiques show for the Chagrin Falls Historical Society. After several successful years, the show was taken over by Richard and Jan in 2007 when the Historical Society decided to discontinue its sponsorship of the show.
In 2005, the Aurora Historical Society, sponsor of the earlier discontinued Aurora Antiques Show and Sale, joined with the Rotary Club of Aurora to form a committee to restart this 20-year tradition. The Wilks were selected to manage that show, which has now operated successfully for three years, and is still going strong.
Richard and Jan believe that the Zoar Antiques Show and Sale represents an entirely different experience. “The challenge at Zoar is to continue a very successful show as opposed to starting a new one,” Jan said. “We are very excited about the opportunity to manage one of the best country-primitive antiques shows in Ohio.”
The Zoar Harvest Festival Antiques Show and Sale will be held this year, its 35th, on Aug. 2-3. More information is available at www.zca.org or by contacting the Zoar Community Association at 330-874-4684. Zoar is located on SR 212 just 3 miles southeast of Interstate 77 exit 93.