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Fort Macleod prepares to host antique, art sale

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Ashley Nelson

Fort Macleod remains a popular destination for antique vendors and collectors each spring.
The 18th annual Fort Macleod Antique and Art Sale and Show is Friday and Saturday, June 14-15.
“A lot of our long-time vendors are coming back,” Fort Macleod Chamber of Commerce administrative assistant Ashley Nelson said. “I think that is an indication we have a pretty good sale and show and they appreciate having it.”
The antique and art sale and show runs from 2-8 p.m. Friday, June 14 and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, June 15 at the Fort Macleod and District Sports Centre.
The sale and show attracts more than 1,000 customers each year, something appreciated by the vendors.
“Some of the vendors have been coming since the beginning and they love it,” Nelson said. “Some have told me it’s the best show they do.”
By last week, 28 vendors had rented 47 booths, a number that will grow as the event approaches.
“I’m getting messages and phone calls daily now,” Nelson said.
Most of the vendors are from southern Alberta, but the sale and show attracts them from British Columbia, Saskatchewan and Edmonton as well.
They will bring a variety of merchandise, including furniture, collectibles, records, dolls, toys, comic books and military items.
“You name it,” Nelson said of the variety of antiques available at the Fort Macleod sale.
“We’ve got a few art vendors coming too, and a lot of them do both,” Nelson said.
The Chamber of Commerce last year invited artists to sell their work and the idea is slowly catching on.
“We’re getting a few new ones every year,” Nelson said. “It takes time to get all the contacts in place.”
The Chamber is recruiting volunteers for a variety of tasks, including helping vendors set up and take down their booths.
People are also needed to man the admission tables and run errands for vendors who are busy manning their booths.
Nelson said Foothills Centre will supply volunteers to assist with set-up and take-down, but more people are always welcome.
“The more volunteers we have, the quicker the work goes,” Nelson said.
To rent a booth, or to sign up to volunteer, contact Ashley Nelson at fmchamber1888@gmail.com or 403-715-2125

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