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Fort Macleod seeks antique dealers, artists for annual sale

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Collectible tins are sold at the Fort Macleod Antiques and Art Show and Sale.
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Antique and collectible toys are sold at the Fort Macleod Antiques and Art Show and Sale.
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All kinds of art is available at the Fort Macleod Antiques and Art Show and Sale.

Antiques and art come together in June for a fantastic weekend in Fort Macleod.
Fort Macleod and District Chamber of Commerce will host its 19th annual Antiques and Art Show and Sale on June 19-20.
The sale and show has established itself as a popular stop for antique dealers and artists.
“I like the Fort Macleod Antiques and Art Show and Sale because of the diverse vendors and the quality of their product,” vendor Elaine Bradley said. “I also enjoy the friendly staff and how well the show is organized.”
“I love Fort Macleod itself, all the interesting shops, restaurants and attractions,” Bradley added. “To me, the Fort Macleod Antiques and Art Show and Sale is a miniature vacation and there’s nothing I enjoy more.”
The Chamber last month put out a call for vendors to fill the 90 booths at the Fort Macleod and District Sports Centre.
“We are seeking artists and vendors of antiques, vintage items, collectibles and artwork,” Chamber executive director Ashley Nelson said.
Vendors are from Fort Macleod, Claresholm, Pincher Creek, Granum, Nanton, Lethbridge, Edmonton, Calgary, Medicine Hat, B.C. and Saskatchewan.
Last year a vendor from Nova Scotia came to the Fort Macleod show and sale.
“We see all kinds of antiques, from furniture, household items, kitchenware, toys, games, signs, military and native artifacts, jewelry, decor, magazines, books, newspapers, vintage electronics and appliances, to collectibles like toy tractors, cars, sports cards and memorabilia, dolls, records, coins, stamps, and so much more,” Nelson said.
Artists have brought Blackfoot jewelry and beaded moccasins, handcrafted knives, handmade furniture, artwork using barn wood and scrap metal, watercolour greeting cards and pottery.
“We do require that our art vendors sell products that are 80 per cent handmade,” Nelson said. “This isn’t the venue for home party sales.”
The Chamber rents booths on a first come, first served basis, with vendors who were at last year’s show guaranteed the same booth space if they submit registration and payment by March 31.
Vendor application forms are at www.fort-macleod-chamber.com or from Ashley Nelson at 403-715-2125 or fmchamber1888@gmail.com.
The antiques and art show and sale is popular with buyers, attracting more than 1,000 people over two days.
People come to the show and sale from across southern Alberta, including Calgary, Lethbridge, Medicine Hat and the Crowsnest Pass, as well as B.C., Saskatchewan and Manitoba.
“We are increasing our advertising efforts and hope to see a higher turnout this year,” Nelson said.
New this year is a kids corner to keep children occupied while parents shop. Volunteers from Fort Macleod Library will read and there will be arts and crafts as well as face-painting.
Also new this year, some artists are scheduled to give live demonstrations throughout the event.
The Fort Macleod Antiques and Art Show and Sale runs from 2-7 p.m. Friday, June 19 and from 10 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Saturday, June. 20.

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