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 is usually held under tents at the Higher Education Center. But this year, the Antiques Market is moving to a place that’s a bit easier to set up and thrive in. “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 [address].
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 spot. It has the same amount of space as the tents, and being a building, can be locked up at night. It may seem like a simple thing, but it’s very reassuring knowing that these priceless objects will be safer than under a tent.
While the location is new, the schedule will remain the same. The Early Bird event will be held on Saturday July, 29 at 8AM with admission being $20, and the regular market will be from July 29th to August 5th from 10AM to 6PM (with the exception of August 5th, where it will close at 5PM). Admission is $5 for tickets. Also, the new location is close to the old location, making it easy to find at the Washington County Virginia Fairgrounds at 17046 Fairground Dr, Abingdon, VA 24210. And parking will be much easier as well. There’s also plenty of space for committee members and vendors to bring RVs to camp out in the area.
Quality food is an important part of this year’s Festival, and the Antiques Market is proud to welcome back Scott Mullins and the Morning Star Trolley, who made an appearance 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 Market.
If you or someone you know would like to apply for a booth space, please contact the Festival office by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org, or you can download the application from the Festival website.