Set for Saturday, Feb. 22, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Gilmer’s Yamboree Exhibit Building adjacent to the Gilmer Civic Center on U.S. 271 North, the event is patterned after the highly popular Antiques Roadshow on PBS.
A major museum fundraiser, the Fair will be anchored by a team of experts familiar with the history and values of numerous antiques and collectibles, including jewelry, art, firearms, musical instruments, furniture, glassware, coins, paper currency, Civil War and historic Texas documents, gold, pottery and toys.
Admission is free. Cost of appraisals is $10 per item or three items for $20. Proceeds will be used to help the Historic Upshur Museum continue its work in preserving and promoting the heritage of Upshur County and East Texas.
“The Fair always brings out a wide range of exciting historical surprises, like priceless Civil War memorabilia, old rifles worth thousands, paintings valued at tens of thousands and items that once belonged to a variety of celebrities, including U.S. presidents,” said Betty Slocum, coordinator for the event.
Appraisers are Chris and Janet Cleeson, Longview; Charles Edwards, Bullard; Mark Feller, Longview; Andrew and Kate Kirby, Big Sandy; Richard Laster, Gilmer; and Butch Schaffan, Sulphur Springs.
Food and other refreshments will be available, and fair attendees can participate in a silent auction for numerous items provided by museum benefactors and board members. Available, too, will be a new DVD showcasing the history of Gilmer.
Other Fair highlights will include a colorful quilt display by the Pritchett Quilters, thousands of Civil War artifacts discovered by Terry Smith, Gilmer; and an impressive collection of knives and ink pens handcrafted by Gary Moore, Gilmer.
Featured, too, will be a variety of items made from vintage silverware by Red and Mary Jones, Gilmer. Bill Taylor of Gilmer will demonstrate pottery-making techniques, and Randy Adkinson, Gilmer, will display his extensive collection of pottery made years ago in Gilmer and Rhonesboro. Robin Gorin, Longview, will exhibit an eclectic assortment of jewelry created from glass and other materials.
At the Fair’s conclusion, certificates will be awarded for items that appraisers deem “Most Exceptional,” “Most Unusual,” “Oldest” and “Most Puzzling.”