The Morrisburg BIA organizers were pleased. The more than 20 vendors in attendance were pleased. Local Morrisburg businesses were pleased.
And the hundreds of people who took in the 16th annual Antique Festival, July 19-20, in Morrisburg, were very pleased with the wide and interesting variety of antiques and collectibles they could explore, evaluate and purchase over the two day event.
“It’s just been fantastic.” said Grace McDonough, BIA co-ordinator. “Hundreds of visitors came out to Antiquefest over the two days. The exposure for our local businesses and our community was phenomenal. While they were here taking in the antiques, people also got to see our Village and all things it has to offer.”
The vendors, who came from Ottawa, Madoc, Montreal, Gatineau and locally, praised the event.
“We love this venue, love the tents, tables and chairs provided for each of us, all free of charge, and the support we received from the BIA,” said Brian Wildsmith of the Almonte Antique Market.
“I love it here,” said vendor Claude Gauthier of Crysler. “This is one of the nicest shows I’ve been to. And we’ve seen lots of visitors.
The BIA also sponsored a Vendors Breakfast at the Basket Case on Sunday, attended by MP Guy Lauzon, warden Eric Duncan, South Dundas deputy mayor Jim Locke and councillor Evonne Delegarde.
The Antiquefest offered furniture, art, art deco, jewelry, china, glassware, toys, signs and a large selection of unusual and interesting collectibles. Some dealers on site were willing to appraise articles brought in by visitors. The crowds were steady over both days.
“It has been a great event,” McDonough said. “And I can’t stress enough the support and help the Morrisburg BIA, which sponsored Antiquefest, received from the South Dundas Chamber of Commerce. We created a really good impression of our community. Already 15 vendors have committed to next year’s Antique Festival. The weather,” she added, “was perfect too.”