Festival committees are hard at work planning their programs for this summer, and the Antiques Market in particular has some very exciting news. They’re moving to a brand new location!
For decades the Antiques Market was held under tents at the Higher Education Center, but this year, the Antiques Market is moving to a place that is indoor and convenient. “We thought that maybe if we could find an alternate location, we can lower our expenses, plus get in a building so the weather’s not such an issue,” says committee chair Pamela Cole. “As we all know, getting rain during an outside event is no fun for anyone, especially when tents are your only form of shelter from the elements.”
The committee has found a building that will fit the bill perfectly, and is excited to announce that the Antiques Market is moving to the Washington County Fairgrounds, located at 17046 Fairground Drive in Abingdon.
Covering about 45,000 square feet and sporting a concrete floor, restrooms, and a catering kitchen, this new location offers many upgrades from their last location. The new location has the same amount of space as the tents, but offers safety and security for the vender, cooler temperatures, and protection from the elements.
While the location is new, the schedule will remain the same. The Early Bird event will be held on Saturday July, 28 at 8AM with an admission of $20, and the regular market will be from July 28th to August 5th from 10AM to 6PM (with the exception of August 5th, when it will close at 5PM). Admission is $5. Parking is available at the fairgrounds for cars and RV’s. The fairgrounds is also accessible by the festival trolly.
Culinary Arts is the theme of this year’s Festival, and the Antiques Market is proud to welcome back Scott Mullins and the Morning Star Trolley, returning from last year. The building has picnic tables for visitors to sit down and eat in the shade, resting from your Festival adventures.
While this whole move is a big change, the Committee is optimistic about what it means for the Festival. Cost savings from the event is already being put to work in building new Festival programming celebrating Appalachian culinary arts and traditions. The dealers are happy with the improved accommodations and access. The committee is also looking into ways to use the new space to offer additional lectures, demonstrations, and fun tours of the Antiques Market.
If you or someone you know would like to apply for a booth space, you can apply online here.There are no upcoming events at this time.