CLAYTON, N.Y. — Summertime means vacation time in upstate New York. It also means the return of the 38th Annual Round Lake Antiques Festival and the 27th annual Great American Antiquefest.
Both events will feature more than 200 quality dealers. The Round Lake Antiques Festival, the Capitol District’s largest, oldest antiques and collectibles show, features exhibitors in 20-foot by 25-foot booths. The park-like setting has drawn crowds in excess of 10,000 people for the last 20 years. The Round Lake Antiques Festival, 20 miles north of Albany, is sponsored by the Women’s Round Lake Improvement Society for the benefit of the town’s library.
The annual three-day Great American Antiquefest routinely attracts dealers from across the United States and Canada and roughly 8,000 to 10,000 customers. Held in a lake shore park 8 miles west of Syracuse, The Great American Antiquefest occurs in the geographic center of Upstate New York — one of the most productive regions for good quality antiques anywhere in the country. Antiquefest, Syracuse’s oldest outdoor antiques show, will feature acres of quality antiques and amenities including bulky item pickup services and free directories.
This year’s Antiquefest will feature a special display and discussion on Abraham Lincoln and the Civil War. Jan and Harold Reichard, local history enthusiasts, attired in costumes of the period, will share their knowledge and items from their collection relating to the Civil War and Abraham Lincoln. Of note, on display, will be a piece of the bunting from the exterior of Abraham Lincoln’s coffin. Harold will talk through the last hours of Lincoln’s life.
Both events have a history attracting knowledgeable and sophisticated collectors as well as young people looking for well designed, utilitarian items.
The Round Lake Antiques festival has free admission with free parking and free shuttle service to offsite parking.
Admission to The Great American Antiquefest is $6. Early buyers’ admission takes place from 9 a.m. to noon, July 23. Early buyer passes cost $20 and are good for unlimited re-entry all three days.
Both events are promoted by Allman Promotions.
Other Allman antiques events include the Syracuse Antiques Show at the New York State Fairgrounds, Nov. 27-28; the Venice Florida Antiques Show, Jan. 8-9 and Feb. 26-27; the Old Naples Antiques Show in Naples, Fla., Jan. 15-16 and Feb. 19-20, 2011; the Punta Gorda Florida Antiques Show, Jan. 22-23; the Holliston Mass Antiques Show, Feb. 26-27, 2011; and the Greater Syracuse Antiques Expo at the NYS Fairgrounds March 12-13, 2011.
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