It’s the largest antiques and collectibles show in New York State – actually many shows in one.
(BOUCKVILLE, N.Y.) – This year marks the 41st anniversary of Madison-Bouckville Antique Week, slated for Aug. 13-19 in Bouckville, a town located in central New York State, not far from Syracuse and Utica and right on State Route 20. The event will play host to over 2,000 dealers and vendors and is expected to attract 45,000 people or more to its many fields.
Madison-Bouckville Antique Week is the largest antiques and collectibles show in New York State. It has often been compared to Brimfield, the thrice-yearly colossus in Massachusetts. Both are many shows combined into one week-long mega-event. In the case of Madison-Bouckville, there are about seven large fields with many dealers and vendors, plus smaller fields.
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.
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 (for details, visit www.langsauction.com); a $500 cash giveaway promotion (for details, log on to www.Madison-Bouckville.com); and an expanded Out Front Show Field. Ground was broken for Out Front’s new pavilion in May. It should be completed by August. Also, Indian Opening Acres, operated by Mike Tanner, has also been expanded and can accommodate more vendors.
The $500 cash giveaway (officially called 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 ten participating show fields or shops (Cider House is one) and have the card stamped by an authorized person at each location.
Once all ten 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.
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.”
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.”
The sponsors of the 2012 show are NBT Bank of Norwich, Clinton Tractor & Implement Co., Frontier Communications, Morris Tent Rentals, Cortland Pump & Equipment, Crossway’s Automotive Repair Service, Valley Propane Gas Corp., A ‘n’ W EZ Mart and Madison County, with special thanks to the Hamilton Business Alliance and the Northeast Classic Car Museum.
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.
While in town, visitors might want to gazer out on the historic Chenango Canal, spend time with the family on horseback, experience the local corn mazes and pumpkin patches, enjoy fine dining at any one of a number of award-winning restaurants, or pack a picnic and find a special place in God’s country to relax and unwind. Bouckville has all these things and more.
For more information about this year’s Madison-Bouckville Antique Week, please log on to www.Madison-Bouckville.com. Or, you may call John Mancino, the president of Madison-Bouckville Promotions, at (315) 427-5094 (his e-mail address is [email protected]). Or, you can send an e-mail to Mr. Jim Dutcher, the organization’s treasurer, at [email protected].