Antiques show returns to Madison County

The 39th annual Madison-Bouckville Outdoor Antiques Show, New York State's largest antiques event, will again give collectors from across the United States, Canada and Europe the opportunity to peruse and choose from thousands of fascinating antiques and collectibles offered by 1,000 selected dealers. This year's show takes place Saturday and Sunday Aug. 21 and 22 on 90 sprawling acres of picturesque farmland on Route 20 in Bouckville, New York.

Held rain or shine, the show will feature a wide range of collectible Americana to please even the most discriminating collector, including furniture, from country to formal; paintings, from primitive to classical; rugs, china, silver brass, books, stoneware, quilts, clocks, estate jewelry, dolls, toys, Tiffany and more.

"The Madison-Bouckville Outdoor Antiques Show has grown to become an event that helps define summer in Central New York," said Show Director Jock Hengst of Madison-Bouckville Management. "It's a great opportunity for buyers and sellers alike. Folks have always come to buy antique and collectible treasures, and now there's another kind of patron: the person interested in selling that certain something to one of the dealers at the show."

An 'amazing experience'

While the antiques shopping paradise might be the focal point, it isn't the only feature that has contributed to the Madison-Bouckville show's enormous popularity since it was launched in 1972.

The free parking areas and ease with which the big crowd moves into, around and out of the grounds helps make the overall experience enjoyable. Other attractions with their own historical twist that add to the fun are the 12 restored antique tractors that roam the field.

"They're an attraction themselves," Hengst explained, "but they also serve a functional purpose in pulling the trolleys and trailers that transport people and their purchases back and forth between the parking areas, show gates and grounds."

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