ROUND TOP, Texas — In 1997 the Marburger Farm Antique Show was the new kid on the block in Round Top, Texas.
Humble Beginnings of Marburger Farm Antique Show
This March 28 through April 1, Marburger Farm will celebrate 20 years. In 1997, Ed Gage and John
Sauls co-founded the show on 43 acres of the once-working farm of the Marburger family. As dealers themselves, they had access through the national dealer grapevine to seek out those who were ready to take responsibility for a higher quality show with the level of daring display skills that few other shows could offer.
Today the show features antiques, art, vintage and artisan creations by exhibitors from nearly every state and several countries. Nine giant tents and eleven historic buildings overflow with furniture, lighting, art, textiles, silver, jewelry, industrial, mid-century, formal, primitives and select artisan and repurposed creations.
Poised to Celebrate in Style
For the last 10 years, the show has been co-owned by the Texas families of Margaret Mebus and Ashley Ferguson. While Mebus can be found ringing the opening bell and jumping in to help serve lemonade, Ferguson serves as the show’s director.
“We wanted to build on the foundation that Ed and John built: great dealers and a fun atmosphere,” says Ferguson. “For each show we brainstorm on how we can make the experience better for both shoppers and dealers.”
To thank those customers, the 20th year show offers a different celebration each day: On Tuesday, March 28, the show celebrates with extended hours until 7 p.m.. March 29, all groups of 20 or more will receive 20% off admission (email firstname.lastname@example.org to register your group). The celebration on March 30 includes 20 giveaways. On March 31, shoppers will experience “20 Years - 20% Off” signs on one item per booth as the 350 dealers offer deals throughout the show. On Saturday, April 1 it’s “Marburger Gives Back” with a portion of ticket sales donated to local Fayette County First Responders.
The Marburger Farm Antique Show opens for breakfast and Early Bird Parking at 8 a.m. on Tuesday, March 28, with Early Buying from 10 a.m. through 2 p.m. for $25 admission for adults, and free admission for children 15 and under. Regular $10 admission begins that day at 2 p.m. One admission is good all week, with the show running on Wednesday, Thursday and Friday, March 29-31 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and on Saturday, April 1 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Advance group tickets are available.
For more information, visit www.roundtop-marburger.com, www.facebook.com/marburgerfarmantiqueshow, or call Ashley Ferguson at 800-947-5799.