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Verde Valley Fairgrounds re-launches antique, collectible show this weekend

VERDE VALLEY - The antique and collectible show is back this weekend following a dozen-year hiatus, said Verde Valley Fairgrounds Director Colleen Gilboy.

Formerly hosted by the Old Town Association in Cottonwood, the event fell off the radar until Gilboy said local interest catalyzed its return. This weekend's two-day event hosts about 15 vendors, though more may be added by Friday.

"For our first year, we're removing the gate fee," she said. "Because we want people to come and see that we're bringing it back and it's going to be amazing."

Vendors range from Mary Beth Groseta at Quilter's Quarters, who Gilboy said coordinated the event in its heyday, to artists and antique collectors from Prescott and Tucson.

The 10 or 12 already signed up have specific wares, like antique jewelry, while others simply state they'll be bringing "big stuff," which Gilboy said could be furniture or any number of items.

Relaunching the event this year was a challenge at first, Gilboy said. The last event she has information for was held in 2002, and the contact list has become out of date.

"When we sent out that first round of applications, over 90 percent came back," she said.

Many moved over the last 10 years, and Gilboy said she had to build a new list from the ground up by reaching out statewide.

"It's always hard that first year," she said. "It'll be a great way to get some great deals this weekend."

The Antique and Collectible Show will be held from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday and from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday at the Verde Valley Fairgrounds. There will be no door fees this year, and food will be available for purchase.

Find out more or download a vendor application at vvfair.com.

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