Eileen Kinzle, of Canton, and her sister, Eleanor, were among the hundreds of people to attend the Old Stark Antique Faire on Saturday.
"This is a lot of fun. We really love to look around at all the interesting things,” Kinzle said.
The Kinzle sisters are collectors of dolls and attend the fair in order to find more unique doll items. "I would really love to find a first lady and president doll, but so far I haven't seen anything," said Eileen.
The Antique Faire was held this Saturday and Sunday at the Stark County Fairgrounds in Canton. This is the 23rd year for the fair. There are five shows held each year, which enable area vendors and collectors to share their work, find an interesting item or make some money. The Stark County Exhibition building was full of browsers and serious collectors.
"Each vendor pays $60 to rent their space. This show, we have over 100 vendors," said event secretary Barbara Garduno.
Admission to the show is $6 per person. "We charge because we need to raise money," Garduno said. All money raised goes to the Stark County Agricultural Society.
There were many items to look through, including jewelry, vintage signs, furniture, books, political items, art and hunting and fishing items. Visitors could also stop shopping for a minute and get a bite to eat.
"We are a well established event in Stark County and always get a lot of people to come out," Garduno said.
The next antique shows will be held on the weekends of March 9 and 10, April 13 and 14, October 12 and 13 and November 9 and 10.
"We don't do shows in the summer or in the very cold months because the building is old and it would cost too much to heat or cool," Garduno said. Garduno understands that the show has always been held in the exhibition building and should continue to be presented there, but she holds out hope that one day, repairs can be made to the older building.
The Kinzle sisters are among those who attend all the shows. "It's something to do and there are always interesting things to see," Kinzle said.
The Stark County Exhibition Building is located at 305 Wertz Avenue in Canton. For more information on the event or to find out about vendor space, please email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 330-794-9100.