Lebanon show ‘retools’ to encompass more Americana

LEBANON, Ohio – One of the oldest antique shows in the country is changing with the times, like a farmer switching from a scythe to a mechanized reaper. The Lebanon Antiques, Art & Artisans Show, Oct. 3-4, will have a new venue, the Warren County Fairgrounds, and will sweep a wider swath, taking in traditional artists and artisans to complement its stable of top-quality antique dealers. 

Helping facilitate the enhanced version of the long-running show is media sponsor Early American Life, a magazine that since 1970 has been the source for information on early American style, decorating and traditions. The Lebanon Antiques, Art & Artisans Show is owned by the Warren County Historical Society, which has produced the event for 65 years. Show management is provided by Nagel Productions, Auburn, Ind. 

Artists eligible to participate in this time-honored show are those working in traditional mediums such as silhouettes, early painted portraits, stencils needle arts and others. Nationally renowned artisans will include vendors working in wood, clay, fabric, metals and other mediums to handcraft furniture, pottery, musical instruments, weavings, metalwork and other traditional American crafts. 

Participation from gourmet food vendors, area nurseries, musicians and costumed re-enactors will provide a festive atmosphere throughout the show grounds. A farm market will also be part of the event. Space will be provided for a limited number of vendors selling such produce as pumpkins, gourds, Indian corn and dried flowers. A press will be set up to make apple cider.  

The show will have two demonstration lecture areas: one in the antiques hall and one in the artist/artisan pavilion. Antique dealers who specialize in a particular category will give 15-minute talks on their areas of expertise. Artists and artisans are invited to provide scheduled demonstrations of their work. 

The show will be accessed through Gate 4 of the Warren County Fair Grounds. While visitors can freely access the fairgrounds, the show area will be fenced off and admission will be through the show’s main entrance gate. Admission will be $8.