UNION, Maine –Â The second weekend in August the Union Fairgrounds has come to be known as the place to be for antiques collectors and dealers alike. Dealers from all over the US and Canada converge here to sell their wares to a very diverse assemblage of antiques enthusiasts that make sure they never miss this once a year event. Since itâ€™s inception, the Maine Antiques Festival has been the LARGEST antiquing event in Maine.
Originated by Paul Davis and friends 30 years ago the show was an attempt to have a large show in Maine where Davis and his friends could sell without leaving the state as they had to in the past in order to find large antiques shows. However, because they were traveling the eastern half of the country from Florida to Maine selling at shows, many acquaintances had been made in the antiques trade. Consequently, there were 100 dealers at the very first show in Union.
The first show in 1982 was all outside. The second year the show grew with an additional 70 pavilion booths under cover. In subsequent years more buildings were used to provide even more undercover and indoor spaces as well as large tents.
In 30 years the show has evolved into a very well rounded and diversified show with dealers supplying virtually anything one could imagine in the antiques realm from formal furniture to mid century collectibles and everything in between. For a complete list of dealers see www.MaineAntiqueFest.com/Dealer_list.html
Purchased items can be shipped anywhere worldwide by contacting our on sight shipper/packer.
Davis bought out his partners before the 1988 show and added outside food vendors as the old restaurant was not large enough to accommodate the ever increasing attendance. Now such items as lobster and crab rolls, lobster dinners, fried scallops, haddock and shrimp, falafels and gyros, Italian sausage subs, chicken in a pita, burgers and dogs, pulled pork sandwiches, pastrami sandwiches, blueberry pies and ice cream can be found among the nine food vendors on the field.
Show dates and times are August 12-14, 2011 General admission Saturday 9-5 and Sunday 9-4 Adm. $8
Early buying is Friday @ 2pm-7pm the Weekend pass for all 3 days is $25/ person
For more information including directions and lodging links go to www.MaineAntiqueFest.com
Contact Name: Paul Davis
Telephone Number: (207)221-3108