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Brimfield prepping for antiquing event



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Ward Palmer builds one of the tents at the Shelton Antique Shows grounds. Hundreds of tents are being erected in preparation of the first Brimfield Antique Show of the year. (click for larger version)
May 02, 2011
BRIMFIELD — Preparations are nearly complete for the first Brimfield Antique Show of the season, which will run from Tuesday, May 10 to Sunday, May 15.

The owners of 21 independent shows and thousands of dealers are eager to host guests from around the world during the most popular antique show in the country.

Travelers of the one-mile stretch of Route 20 just west of the town center have seen tents being erected by the dozen in the last two weeks, as show owners have made arrangements both indoors and outside.

"It has been very busy for us lately, especially getting dealers situated in the correct spots on the field and making other preparations," said Jeanne Hopfe, the owner of Brimfield Acres North.

For Hopfe, all of the work will culminate with dealers making sales on only one day, as Brimfield Acres North will open on Tuesday, May 10 at 1 p.m. for its sole day of operation. Lois Shelton, the owner of Shelton Antique Shows, agrees that running the shows requires a lot of hard preparatory work.

For more on this story, please see tomorrow's Southbridge Evening News.

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