The Piapot Lions Club will return with one of its biggest events of the year — hosting the 19th annual Antiques and Collectibles Show, held at the Armoury on both Saturday and Sunday.
The annual show attracts between 700 and 800 people each year. People travel from all over to see some of the best collectibles and antiques the show has to offer. Over the years the show has welcomed visitors from from Edmonton, Regina, Swift Current, Medicine Hat and many towns across southern Saskatchewan.
There will be 90 booths featuring various items for sale. The number is slightly up from last year, which had about 80 booths.
“We usually try to have booths somewhere in that range,” event organizer Harvey Wasilow said. “We try to have a good amount to provide people with a good variety of items to look at.”
It’s a full year of work that goes into organizing an event this big. Wasilow has been around for all 19 years the show has been running and says it didn’t take too long to start attracting the big crowds.
“It wasn’t long until we started seeing numbers in the 500 to 600 range,” he said. “I think our first shows saw those numbers, and I think it just speaks to the interest there is for these kinds of things.”
Wasilow says though there isn’t much money left over from hosting an event like this, the club puts proceeds toward various different causes.
“We help people with medical conditions and their expenses,” he said. “We look after the Lions Park in Maple Creek, and there is one in Piapot as well. We also look after the Legion Hall in Piapot, and then nationally we contribute to a fund for Lions members with Diabetes.”
The show will feature vintage toys, furniture, ’40s-’50s glass, sports cards, and there will also be silver this year which is a new addition.
“At these shows, you really don’t know what’s coming,” Wasilow said. “So if someone is serious about getting their hands on some of these antiques or collectibles, they have to be here before it’s gone.”
Doors for the Lions’ Club Antique and Collectibles Show will be open Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and on Sunday from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. For more information contact 306-662-2311.