Mid-America News - JUNE 2018




100 dealers at Vaile Mansion Strawberry Fest

This youngster is very curious about the antique cars that were on display at last year's Strawberry Fest at the Vaile Mansion in Independence. (photo courtesy Vaile Victorian Society)

The grounds around the historic Vaile Mansion in Independence will come alive on Saturday, June 2, when the annual Strawberry Fest comes back to town.

Organizers report that 100 antique and vintage dealers will set up their booths around the home. Delicious strawberry treats and ice cream will be served by the Vaile Mansion supporters, proceeds of which will go to help preservation efforts for the 19th century mansion.

In addition, a full day of musical entertainment is on tap. A popular addition has been the antique car show, showing off the conveyances of yesteryear. Historic re-enactors will also be on site demonstrating crafts and the industry of the past. Special activities for children are also being planned.

Hours are 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Free admission to the grounds. Tours of the mansion are $6 for adults and $3 for kids. The Vaile Mansion is located at 1500 N. Liberty St. in Independence.

For more details visit www.vailemansion.org.



Go underground to the Man Cave Swap Meet

It's a guy thing. Dale Wilch holds an indoor swap meet and flea market every Wednesday evening from 6-9 p.m. And it takes place in an actual (man-made) cave, located in "The Downtown Underground" at 1501 W. 31st St., Kansas City. (Suite #342)

If you have any items you want to sell, give Wilch a call at 913-788-3219. "Or just come down and rent a space and do the selling yourself!" he said. "Come down this Wednesday, you'll be glad you did! Free admission and parking and the Man Cave temperature is always 70 degrees," Wilch said.
Dozens of sellers will be there with all kinds of treasures that men can appreciate.

Find the Man Cave on 31st Street about halfway between Southwest Trafficway on the east and Southwest Boulevard on the west. The entrance to the Underground is on the south side of 31st Street and there are signs out on Wednesday evenings directing visitors to the Man Cave.

More details are available on Dale Wilch's Man Cave page on Facebook.


54th Bushwhacker Days in Nevada

Nevada expects a festive weekend June 7-9 when Bushwhacker Days will be held downtown. Here's a scene from last year's parade. (photo courtesy Bushwhacker Days Committee)

It's the 54th annual Bushwhacker Days on U.S. 54 in Nevada, coming up June 7-9. Three full days of entertainment are planned.

Visitors will enjoy the street carnival, cute baby contest, toddler swimsuit show, parade, royalty pageant, quilt show, car and truck show, Gospel Music Night and other musical acts and entertainment throughout the event.

The Farnum Family will perform at 7 p.m. Thursday for Gospel Music Night. Hotel California will perform at 7:30 p.m. on Friday, with a street dance held before and after the featured act. Little Texas headlines at 7:30 p.m. on Saturday, with opening act, The EastSiders Band playing at 6:15 p.m.

Entry forms and more information are available at www.bwdays.com.


National Insulator Association plans annual show


The Missouri Valley Insulator Club invites
the public to attend the 49th annual National Insulator Association Convention and Show
in Kansas City, June 22-24.
 The show will be
held in the KCI Expo Center offering 35,000 sq. ft. of display space. There will be at least 175 dealer tables and more than 35 display tables, according to organizers Darryl and Margaret Wagner.

"Besides our regular raffles that we have at the show, we have a very special fund-raising raffle that will be available to everyone, not just show attendees," Margaret Wagner said.

It is for a king size quilt, 102" x 102". The blocks are machine pieced, but the quilt itself is hand-quilted. It has the NIA logo, the current insulator club logos and several other older logos and patches displayed.

The drawing will take place at 11:30 am on Sunday, June 24. "We hope to have the drawing done 'live' on Facebook," she said. The winner
will not have to be present and if the winner is
not at the show, the quilt will either be delivered
or mailed insured, depending upon location and/or the availability of a direct delivery option.

Contact Darryl Wagner at nwmoshow@dwagnerkc.com or 816-719-0801
with questions. Registration forms, complete
show schedule, hotel reservations and more information are available at www.nia.org.


Old Summit show puts primitives on center stage

Country Crow Primitives owned by Eva Zimmerman of Shenandoah, IA has often shown wares such as these crocks at the Old Summit Country Antique Show. (photo courtesy Country Crow Primitives)

Dealers of some of the finest primitive and country antiques in the Midwest will convene in Lee's Summit, June 23 for the Old Summit Country Antique Show at the John Knox Village Pavilion, 400 NW Murray Rd. at the intersection of U.S. 50 and Chipman Road.

"More than 60 dealers have been carefully selected to provide attendees with an unbelievable shopping experience which takes you back in time to the late 1800s," said Sandee Millett, show organizer. "The dealers come from several Midwestern states."

Show hours are 9 a.m.-5 p.m., Saturday, June 23. Admission is $5. Barbecue lunches will be available from Summit Hickory Pit BBQ. For more details and a complete list of dealers go to www.oldsummitantiqueshow.com.


Archie Clements will be 'Shot in the Street' in Lexington – again.

A portrait of Archibald "Little Arch" Clements, subject of a
living history performance in Lexington on June 23. (photo courtesy Lafayette County Museum)

Travel back in time to witness the infamous Archie Clements and the shot that brought him down forever at a living history event set for June 23. Visitors to Lexington might remember it as long as Archie's legend has lasted. Admission is free, with two performances at 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. The show begins at Big Muddy Ice Cream Shop and ends on the Lafayette County Courthouse lawn.

A Confederate "bushwhacker" during the Civil War and notorious for his viciousness, Archie Clements became Bloody Bill Anderson's most trusted follower. In the words of an enemy, he was "a scalper and head devil." Leading a group of outlaws that included Jesse James, he took up a new profession of bank robbery. Clements and his gang frequently harassed Lexington, even stealing $2,000 from the Mitchell and Company bank. "Little Arch," as he was called due to his small stature of only 5 feet tall and 130 pounds, was drinking at the bar of the Lexington City Hotel when he was called to surrender. Instead, a wild gunfight ensued, and Clements was shot in the chest. He managed to make it outside, mount his horse and ride up Main Street in effort to escape. He was shot off his horse by militia stationed at the courthouse.

In addition, visitors can learn more tidbits of Lexington's history with a walking tour of historic downtown at noon and 3 p.m. Tickets will be required and can be purchased in advance for $4 at www.visitlexingtonmo.com or $5 at the door. Children under 10 are free. Check in at the tourism office on the day of the event to receive a wristband for paid admission.


Hannibal loves Tom Sawyer Days

This young man puts his full body into his effort at the Fence Painting Contest during Hannibal's Tom Sawyer Days. A full week of festivities kicks off on June 30. (photo courtesy Hannibal Jaycees)

The Hannibal Jaycees will kick off the 63rd annual National Tom Sawyer Days festivities on June 30 in downtown Hannibal. The festivities run for a full week of entertainment and family fun.

See rising country star Dylan Scott performing live with Feudin' Hillbillys on the brand new stage at Tanyard Gardens on June 30. Then get ready for a week filled with exciting activities like the Tom & Becky competition, Hannibal Cannibal 5/10/15K run, arts & craft show, parade, carnival, mud volleyball, spectacular fireworks show over the river, and the renowned fence painting contest that started it all.

See the full schedule of events and purchase tickets for all musical acts at www.hannibaljaycees.org. Book lodging at www.visithannibal.com.



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The Good Ol' Days are returning to Fort Scott


Ft. Scott's annual celebration, "Good Ol' Days," will be held May 31-June 2.

Things kick off Thurday night when the carnival opens. On Friday runners will race in the Tom Davis Dragoon Charge at 5:45 pm and the parade will follow at 6 pm. Celebrating the great outdoors, the parade's theme is "Fins, Feathers & Furs."

Following the parade, Red Garter will perform it's first show and will continue all day on Saturday beginning at 10 am at Liberty Theatre. On Friday
at Skubitz Plaza from 7 p.m.-10 p.m. Shades of Blue will perform some blues and rock 'n roll.
On Saturday night, check out the Brent Giddens Band from Oklahoma.

All day on Saturday, June 2, the BBCO Outdoor Expo returns to town. Outdoor vendors will line the south end of downtown.

Look forward to a fun-filled weekend at the 2018 Good Ol' Days. More information is available at www.ftscottgoodoldays.com.



June Jaunt – Get your kicks on K-96

There will be a lot of moving around on Kansas Hwy. 96 between the towns of Great Bend, Scott City, Tribune and Dighton, June 1-3, as travelers in the June Jaunt set out. Get there early and stay late.

Organizers say it's the best way to experience rural America. And you might find some of the best junk or collectibles in the country too.

The four communities have planned the following activities:
 family movie, livestock show, Full Moon in June Family Fun Run/Walk, car show, garage sales and sidewalk sales.

Scott City: Sidewalk sales, community wide garage sales, antiques/flea market, vintage car cruise from Scott City to Tribune, museum tours, games and more.

Dighton: Kickoff to summer party, sidewalk and garage sales, flea markets, street dance, Disney on the Prairie and games.

Great Bend: Main Street Cruise & Car Show, free movie: "Big Hero 6," jumbo yard games, Relay for Life, Kids Zone, live music, vendors, Great Bend Business Olympics, sand volleyball tournament and a beer garden.

Get more details at www.k96junejaunt.com.



Atchison's Garden Junk and Art Market on tap

Get jazzed up about gardening again at the Atchison Garden Junk and Art Market (photo courtesy City of Atchison Facebook page)

Anyone with an interest in gardening and/or art can certainly find something to love at the annual Garden Junk & Art Market coming up June 16 on the mall in downtown Atchison. Hours are 8 a.m.-3 p.m.

From annual flowers and plants to rusty watering cans, vendors will have all things to do with gardening. Demonstrations are also scheduled on mosaic bird baths, succulent plants and repurposed garden art.

For additional information contact susant@cityofatchison.com or visit the Facebook page maintained by Downtown Atchison.



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Antique Jamboree to take over Valley Junction

Antiquers will flock to West Des Moines on June 10 for the annual Valley Junction Antique Jamboree. (photo courtesy city of West Des Moines)

Step back in time and enjoy old treasures from the past. Historic Valley Junction in West Des Moines will be celebrating its annual Antique Jamboree on Sunday, June 10. The event is held rain or shine. The Antique Jamboree is one of the largest outdoor antique shows in the Midwest. Free admission and parking to the public.

The Jamboree is a nostalgic event that has more than 100 antique dealers from across the Midwest displaying a wide array of antiques, including: furniture, primitives, architectural, vintage clothing, jewelry, linens and quilts, glassware, stoneware, textiles, toys and much more. Food vendors will be on site.

Valley Junction is the gathering place that is the heart and soul of West Des Moines – six blocks of antique and specialty shops, art galleries, fashion boutiques, hair salons, service businesses and eateries. More details are available at www.valleyjunction.com.



Going to Walnut for Father's Day weekend

The streets of Walnut become one huge antique market June 15-17, when the AMVETs Antique Show returns to town. (photo by Leigh Elmore)

When Father's Day weekend rolls around all the routine commerce in Walnut rolls to a standstill. Most of the money and goods changing hands the weekend of June 15-17 will be between antique or vintage dealers and their customers.

The 36th Annual Walnut AMVETs Antique Show will continue the tradition and take over the entire town. More than 340 dealers from across the United States will set up their booths, restocking daily with newly displayed items. If you haven't attended the Walnut AMVETs Antique Show, you will discover that this is the show to "find it and buy it."

Walnut's turn-of-the-century buildings, brick and tree-lined streets, country hospitality and existing malls and shops are the perfect setting for the show.

Complete information, including lodging and dining options, can be found at www.walnutantiqueshow.com.


Amana Colonies gear up for Firecracker 4th show

Americana rules at the Firecracker 4th Antique Show in the Amana Colonies. (photo courtesy Firecracker 4th Antique Show)

The Firecracker 4th Antique Show in the Amana Colonies features authentic antiques, primitives, Americana, Native American, folk art, stoneware, mid-century modern, advertising, jewelry, textiles, art glass, tools, toys - all on-site at the Amana RV Park and Event Center.

Early bird buying begins 8 a.m.-noon, Tuesday July 3 with $5 admission. Regular buying opens Tuesday July 3 noon-5 p.m. and Wednesday July 4, 8 a.m.-3 p.m.

Two air conditioned buildings full of great dealers and lots of outdoor dealers as well. Featuring folk art, Americana, farm finds, toys, tools, vintage, advertising and primitives. Be sure to plan on staying for lunch to enjoy brats and BBQ from Amana Meat Market and pies from the Ox Yoke Restaurant.

More information is available on the Firecracker 4th Antique Show Facebook page.



Lincoln Highway Nitty Gritty rolls into Mt. Vernon

Inspecting the goods at the now re-named Lincoln Highway Nitty Gritty. (photo courtesy Mt. Vernon-Lisbon Community Development Group)

More than 8,000 visitors are expected for a one-day-only outdoor sale in Mount Vernon on July 4. First Street will be closed to traffic for the day, creating a pedestrian mall with an outdoor food court and antique vendor booths set up and down three blocks of Mount Vernon's Uptown Business District.

The event has undergone a redesign and name change and will be known from here on out as the Lincoln Highway Nitty Gritty. There will be a focus on vintage, agricultural, repurposed, industrial, primitive and retro pieces, as well as traditional collectibles and antiques.

The event remains popular with the antique-buying public because of its Uptown location on a hill that allows the festival to go on rain or shine. And the festival's location right in front of Mount Vernon's air-conditioned shops and restaurants, including multiple antique shops, offers a comfortable retreat from the outdoor, open-air festival.

Find more details at www.visitmvl.com.




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Dewey Antique Show coming right up

Some kitchen items for sale at a previous antique show in Dewey, OK. (photo courtesy Antique and Collectible Association)

The 27th annual Dewey Antique Show will be held on June 2. The show will be open from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Washington County Fair Grounds, 1109 N. Delaware St. in Dewey. Admission will be $4 at the door. There will be well over 100 booths, filled with antiques of all kinds, and vendors are coming from five different states.

This is one of the longest running antiques and collectibles shows in the area. Shoppers will find a wide variety of jewelry, fine antique furniture, primitive and mid-century furniture plus many small antiques for any decor. When it comes to pottery, there is Weller, Roseville and Hull, just to name a few. Glassware will include Jadeite, Fenton, lots of cut-glass and crystal. Looking for vintage linens? There are several dealers that deal in beautiful table cloths, as well as all other linens. There will also be vintage toys of all kinds.

This show is sponsored by the Antique and Collectibles Association, a non-profit group in the Dewey/Bartlesville area. For more information about the show or the association, contact Gail Inman at 918-333-5200. Or check them out on Facebook.com/DeweyAntiqueShow.



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