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July 23, 2013

Collectors ready to search for treasures at Somerset antiques fair

SOMERSET — This show will be all about antiques, from collectibles to cars.

The 43rd annual Somerset Antique Show and Appraisal Fair will be held from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Aug. 10 on the streets of Uptown Somerset.

The antiques show area, which will take up eight to 10 blocks, will encircle the courthouse and flow toward North Center Avenue to West Main Street, where it will end at Somerset Trust Co.’s parking lot, said Sandy Berkebile, office manager for Somerset County Chamber of Commerce, which sponsors the show.

More than 100 dealers – mostly from New York, Ohio, West Virginia and Pennsylvania – are expected to attend.

The show will feature furniture, small collectibles, kitchen items, quilts, glassware, jewelry, baseball cards and books.

This year, an antiques appraisal will be held from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the tent on East Main Street.

“We have the appraisal every other year,” Berkebile said. “The fee is $5 per item no matter how big or small. A set of dishes would be $5. You can bring as many items as you want.”

“The first year we got more than 300 items, and the second year was a little less, so we made it every other year and get between 200 to 300 items. We have gotten jewelry, paintings, porcelain, books and furniture.”

The show will be held rain or shine. Dealers who are used to coping with outdoor shows come prepared with plastic, tents or canopies.

“If it’s hot and looks like rain, the crowds might come later, and if it’s too hot and

doesn’t look like rain, they might come early,” Berkebile said. “If it’s not hot or raining, we have a good crowd from 8 to 4.”

Local nonprofits will have food available for purchase, which will serve as major fundraisers for the groups.

“We don’t have space for a lot of vendors, but we have some restaurants, too,” Berkebile said. “The vendors will have baked goods, hot dogs, hamburgers and other foods. Some of them open early and have breakfast sandwiches.”

Parking is free on the street and on the lower level of the borough parking garage on East Catherine Street.

Berkebile said the chamber of commerce will have an information booth set up near the Civil War statue by the courthouse, where information on the antiques dealers will be available as well as postcards of Somerset County and other items.

An antique and classic car show will be held from 1 to 3 p.m. in the Somerset Trust parking lot at 151 W. Main St.

This will be the 24th year for the car show, which was the vision of the bank’s trust officer, Don Meese, who was a car buff.

The show is not judged, and the bank plans for 175 vehicles.


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