LARNED – What’s old is new again for the 51st annual Larned Chamber of Commerce’s antique, vintage and collector’s performance in February.
The show returns February 11-13 with 15 vendors, both old and new, with items that include furniture, sterling silver, home decor, photographs, magazines, costumes, jewelry, needles, coins and toys from days gone by.
The Antique Exhibition Committee is responsible for everything about the show, including contact and recruitment of suppliers, installation, dismantling and provision of tasty meals for everyone present during the traditional three-day event. Tom Seltmann, who led the committee for decades and served as the go-to person for the event, passed away in 2019, but not before handing over the Victorian art glass to Kristin Keith, now in his third year as chairman. “I’ve been a reseller at the fair for about 20 years and we always looked to Tom to get something done,” Keith said. “He took care of everything.
“Since his death, it has really been the committee that has taken over; the whole group contributes a lot of time and effort. ”
Keith noted that every veteran salesman at the fair is knowledgeable about their various specialties of collectibles. Buyers are free to ask questions about collectibles at the fair, or an item they have in their personal collection they want to know more about.
The pandemic forced the cancellation of last year’s show, so the committee has worked hard over the past year to establish contacts with old and new and ensure that the event kicks off without any problems.
On Thursday evening, committee members met at the Larned Chamber of Commerce’s office to review the final preparations, which included finding a caterer for retired Faye Grandy, who had served as the event’s long-standing catering company.
A number of vendors have set up their stands at the Larned event for many years. Although attendance is always a draw, some longtimers have said they return for the friendly atmosphere at the fair and the food at the retailer’s dinner the Thursday before, prepared by committee members.
New faces join veteran salespeople
This year’s show will have some new faces. A new face has participated in the show for several years, but will have its own booth for the first time this year.
Carol Jenkner, Great Bend, moved to the Golden Belt in 1992, but left for Dodge City in 2002. While at Dodge, she taught at an alternative education center and later taught consumer science at United Methodist Youthville. She spent her last three years teaching at Dodge City Middle School.
She retired at the end of 2018 and returned to Great Bend and is employed part-time as director of education for the Santa Fe Trail Center Museum in rural Larned.
She is currently in the middle of editing a crime novel series in four volumes that she has written, with the first, “Road Kill”, which was released by Archway Publishing in October last year. The remaining three books are finished, but are being edited.
When it comes to antiques, she has always been drawn to 19th-century primitives, she said. While living in northeastern Oklahoma, she would add to her collection and then do a show or two to regain living space in her home. Jenkner’s favorite category is textiles, such as samplers and quilts from the Victorian era. She also has baskets and pottery from the 19th century, with other Victorian items, including pallets, dishes and glassware.
“I’m not a professional dealer, but I’ve done a couple of shows,” she said. “I have been a buyer for a long time. If you are a collector, it is a way to get your first foot inside the door, to see what the other retailers have to offer. ”
The show’s opening hours are Friday, February 11 at 10 a.m. to 6 p.m .; Saturday, 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m., and Sunday, 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m., at Larned Community Center, 1500 Toles Ave. Admission is $ 2 per person, with children 10 and under free admission. A $ 5 weekend pass for all three days is available. Food concessions, taking into account covid-19 restrictions on social distancing, will also be available.
Salespeople who plan to participate in this year’s show include:
• Art Acquisitions, Warren Shaul, Dodge City
• Carol Jenkner, Primitive, Great Bend
• Creative Connections, Laura Biles, Russell
• D&A Antiques, Dave and Alice Rush, Ellinwood
• Joe Dolton Antiques, Luray
• Hands of Time, Joel Cox, Fort Collins, Colo.
• Junk & Jewels, Heather Josefiak, Rozel
• Mel Enloe, Pawnee Rock
• Various antiques, Lana and Neal Fisk, Russell
• Neal and Deanne Stanley, Dighton
Supplies, Maria and Henry Blickhahn, Hutchinson
• Padron Memories, Will and Blanche Padron, Larned
• The Primitive Look, Joel and Jewel Davis, Larned
• Traditions by J&M, Jan Slagle, Marilyn Milhon, Topeka, Wichita
• Twyla Kay’s antiques and home furnishings, Kristin Keith, Larned