Updated 11/18/2010 06:24 PM
Madison County antique show saved
The biggest antique show in Madison County will go on. There were fears that the new owners of the land would go a different direction. But as our Erin Clarke tells us, they've chosen to continue the tradition that draws thousands of people and money into Madison County every August.
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MADISON COUNTY, N.Y. -- In this town where antique stores line the main road, the Madison-Bouckville Antique show is big business.
"It brings in better than a million and a half dollars in visitor spending in the course of five or six days," said Madison County Tourism Executive Director Jim Walter.
It's not only the namesake towns of the show that profit. All along Route 20, hotels, restaurants, shops and even gas stations see more customers during the summer show. So when it was announced that the 39 year old show would not be coming to an end, it was like a shot in the arm to the community
"We're really excited," said Walter.
Marketing firm the Results Group reached a three-year leasing agreement with the new owner of the 90-acre lot where the show is held. Instead of using the land to make a profit planting corn, Ed Carhart has decided to continue the Madison County tradition.
"I was willing to talk to anybody that had some good ideas about it and I think I found the right guy and we'll leave the way it is and see how it goes," said Carhart.
What's even better is the marketing firm's president has a local connection.
"I'm from Madison County. I was born and bred in Oneida, New York, so I have a soft spot in my heart for that side of the area," said the Results Group President Tom Tarry.
Tarry says he feels it's his responsibility to put on an even bigger and better show. So he's got a few surprises up his sleeve to help draw the younger crowd and get them interested in antiquing as well. They're all secrets right now, so he says you'll have to come out to find out.