The weather was perfect. The setting was idyllic. Both vendors and visitors praised the 14th annual Antiquefest which took place July 28-29 at the Morrisburg waterfront.
Organized and sponsored by the Morrisburg & District Lions Club, the show attracted over 800 visitors on Saturday, and the same again on Sunday. Antique hunters and fans could admire jewelry, furniture, china, toys, silver, crystal and some highly unusual collectibles over the two days. The Lions also offered up a silent auction.
Lion Mae Pederson chaired Antiquefest this year.
“It was a fantastic event,” she said. “We had over 1,600 visitors during the two days coming from Toronto, Montreal, Ottawa and as far away as Perth and Kingston. The weather was spectacular, and the water and trees make the venue really attractive.”
Pederson said that she has visited other antique shows, and “I know now why vendors love it here in Morrisburg. Our location is outstanding.”
Some of the vendors were returnees from last year, but there were also some newcomers to the event.
Lucienne Dolle from Montreal was a new vendor. “I was lured here because I heard that this was a beautiful site, down at the waterfront. And there is a lot to see. Upper Canada Village is so near. And the Morrisburg Lions have been wonderful to work with. I fully support their charities.”
Planning for the 2012 Antiquefest began in January. Club members organized vendors, manned the entrances, rented tents, ran the canteen and set up the silent auction.
Any funds raised by the Antiquefest go to support “our charities and our community work,” said Lion Pederson.