The Tribune Democrat, Johnstown, PA

Latest News

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.


Click here to subscribe to The Tribune-Democrat print edition.

Click here to subscribe to The Tribune-Democrat e-edition.

Text Only | Photo Reprints
Latest News
  • smothers ‘It breaks my heart’: Shooting victim’s death leaves trail of shattered lives

    Victoria Smothers knows what people thought when they heard that a young black male had been shot to death in Moxham last week.

    April 16, 2014 2 Photos

  • School violence studied

    On a typical day last year, Pennsylvania schools caught 11 students toting weapons similar to ones used to slash 21 students and a security guard at a Pittsburgh-area high school, according to the state Department of Education. An untold number of others likely brought weapons to school but weren’t caught, safety experts say.

    April 16, 2014

  • egg hunt17 ACRP quietly notes 25th anniversary

    There will be little or no fanfare accompanying Alternative Community Resource Program’s 25th anniversary.
    And that’s how the executive director, Frank Janakovic, wants it.

    April 16, 2014 1 Photo

  • windber17 Windber students earn top ‘Overchiever’ rank

    Windber Area school’s PSSA scores have been tops in the region for the past several years.
    This year, they’re among the head of the class statewide, Pittsburgh Business Times annual Schools Guide shows.

    April 16, 2014 1 Photo

  • Wise, Charles Police charge bank robbery suspect

    A Johnstown man was jailed on $250,000 bond after police said he robbed the West End Branch of AmeriServ Financial. Charles Wise, 48, of Barron Avenue, was charged with two counts of robbery.

    April 16, 2014 1 Photo

  • Inmate awaits sentencing for assault on guard

    A former inmate faces up to 15 years in prison when he is sentenced for assaulting a corrections officer at State Correctional Institution-Somerset, authorities said.

    April 16, 2014

  • windber pool Pool stays afloat despite troubles

    When a valve broke at the Windber Recreation Park pool last month, its municipal authority caretakers feared that meant the end for the pool’s aged, much-patched liner.
    But the old liner has held up – a stroke of luck that will save Windber Municipal Authority from having to seek a line of credit to cover repairs or risk delaying the pool opening, the authority’s recreation director, C.W. Beckley, said.

    April 16, 2014 1 Photo

  • Creativity blossoming for spring art show

    The 16th annual Art in Bloom spring art show will brighten the Cambria County Courthouse in Ebensburg from noon to 6 p.m. April 26 and 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. April 27.

    April 16, 2014

  • Alcatraz Challenge offers escape from routine

    Greater Johnstown Community YMCA is gearing up for its indoor biathlon, the Alcatraz Challenge.

    April 16, 2014

  • Local briefs 4/17/2014

    April 16, 2014


Do you think that Jack Williams will get the 270 signatures from city residents needed in order to have a referendum placed on a municipal ballot to have the city's pressure test mandate repealed?

I'm not sure
     View Results
Order Photos

Photo Slideshow

House Ads