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Madison-Bouckville Antique Week to celebrate 50 year anniversary

Carly Stone
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Posted 8/14/22

New York’s largest outdoor antique event is back this summer.

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Madison-Bouckville Antique Week to celebrate 50 year anniversary

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BOUCKVILLE — New York’s largest outdoor antique event is back this summer. Madison-Bouckville Antique Week will return Aug. 15 - 21 to offer bits and bobbles, odds and ends for its 50th year.

This thrift-hunter’s dream got its start in 1972 with just 35 dealers located on an airstrip next to Route 20, according to an article by local historian Jim Ford. Things took off after that and reached incredible heights in the late 80s and early 90s where at one time, over 2,000 vendors were on the “big field” alone, which was owned by one of the event’s original creators Jock Hengst, according to John Mancino, president of Madison Bouckville Promotions.

Mancino has attended antique week over three decades — partly as president of the non-profit that’s organized the event the past 13-14 years, partly as a participating show field owner and owner of Gallery Antiques at Pinebrick, and partly as a lover of items from the past.

This year’s festivities will carry on its tradition. Over 1,500 vendors will line Route 20 from Bouckville to Madison to showcase their treasures and provide classic antique week snacks. Walking the rows and rows of collectable gems and vintage memorabilia will result in a lot of mileage on your person — be sure to wear comfortable shoes, Mancino remarked, and dress for the weather.

Around 50,000 visitors stop by for the week, Mancino said. That’s a lot of foot traffic benefiting not only the vendors, but also the surrounding businesses as well, including restaurants, campgrounds, hotels, and more, he explained, making Madison-Bouckville Antique Week a huge “revenue generator” in the county.

You never know who will be shopping among you. In the past, the Keno brothers of the PBS-televised “Antiques Roadshow” have stopped by along with a few other dignitaries, Mancino recalled.

If you’re looking to buy, be sure to bring cash. Although, a lot more vendors these days offer other forms of payment, including Venmo, PayPal, or credit card, Mancino said. ATMs will be available on site. There will be a variety of parking options, generally charging $5 to park, Mancino said. Free parking for hundreds of cars will be available at Cider House showfield/campground, off Canal Road.

 

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