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Central New York State Gearing Up for 41st Annual Madison-Bouckville Antique Week

by WorthPoint Staff (07/31/12).

BOUCKVILLE, N.Y. – Madison-Bouckville Antique Week, the largest antiques and collectibles show in New York State—it has often been compared to Brimfield, the thrice-yearly colossus in Massachusetts—will mark its 41st anniversary this year from Aug, 13-19.

Bouckville, a town located in central New York State, not far from Syracuse and Utica and right on State Route 20, is gearing up to receive the more than 2,000 dealers and vendors and the 45,000 people or more at its many fields-nee-antique shops.

Featured will be quality antiques and collectibles from centuries past, displayed for sale by the many dealers and vendors offering them. There will also be a wide array of excellent food vendors and plenty of parking at several show fields. Some of the show fields and vendors will be open for business as early as Monday, Aug. 13. All fields will be open by Thursday, Aug. 16.

Old phonographs and music boxes are just part of Scott Hummer’s Cherry Valley Antique Barn Show Field.

New for 2012 will be a pre-show auction of mostly sports-related items, to be held by Lang’s Auction, Inc., on Aug. 10-11 at the Cider House Show Field in downtown Bouckville; a $500 cash giveaway promotion; and an expanded Out Front Show Field. Also, Indian Opening Acres, operated by Mike Tanner, has also been expanded and can accommodate more vendors.

The $500 cash giveaway (officially called the Cash Walk) works like this: Players can pick up a “playing card” at the Cider House Antique Store, on Route 20, on Tuesday, Wednesday or Thursday (Aug. 14-16). From there they must take the card to all 10 participating show fields or shops (Cider House is one) and have the card stamped by an authorized person at each location.

Once all 10 stamps have been collected, the player then brings his or her card to the Troop Scoops ice cream shop, also on Route 20, no later than 5 p.m. on Thursday, Aug. 16, where it is entered into a drawing. The winner of the drawing (to be held on Friday, Aug. 17, at 10 a.m.) will receive $500 in cash. Players need not be present at the drawing to win the cash.

Visitors packed the Cider House Show Field at last year’s show to peruse the jewelry selection.

Many year-round antiques shops and co-ops will be open during the show. Folks familiar with Bouckville will know the town is home to around 20 antiques and collectibles shops, most of them along State Route 20. But that wasn’t the case 41 years ago, when it was mainly a sleepy farming community. All that changed when the Madison-Bouckville Antique Show was started.

Madison-Bouckville Promotions was formed two years ago to actively promote the show. “Madison-Bouckville Antique Week has for many years been a travel and business destination for thousands of vendors, customers and tourists from around the globe,” said John Mancino, the group’s president. “We formed Madison-Bouckville Promotions as a not-for-profit to revitalize and promote the economic, trade and cultural elements of Madison-Bouckville Antique Week.”

Wonderful architectural antiques may be found at Mike Tanner’s Indian Opening Acres Show Field.

Craig Williams, who has operated the Butternut Hill Antique Show at Madison-Bouckville for about 20 years, said he’s been pleased with the recent maturation of the show. “Last year was a real milestone,” he said, “and it was great to see the business community, the buying public and show personnel all pulling together to stage a successful event. The future is very bright for Madison-Bouckville. I’ve heard nothing but enthusiasm and positive feedback.”

Bouckville, N.Y., is the seat of Madison County, an area filled with quaint villages, country inns, bed and breakfasts and, of course, antique shops. It retains its rural charm and still is home to many farms (and farmers’ markets). And for people who equate August with intense heat, have no fear: Bouckville is pleasant and mild in the summer—perfect weather for a show.

For more information about this year’s Madison-Bouckville Antique Week, visit the show’s website or call John Mancino, the president of Madison-Bouckville Promotions, at 315.427.5094 (his e-mail address is jmancino@aol.com).

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