The St. Vrain Historical Society sponsors two antique shows as their primary fund-raisers to help finance historic education and preservation projects in the community.
All of the Society's antique shows are held at the Exhibit Building at the Boulder County Fairgrounds, 9595 Nelson Road in Longmont. Hours are Saturday, 10am - 5pm; Sunday, 11am - 4pm. Each show features over 80 vendors who display and sell a wide variety of antiques and collectibles. Admission is $5 (children under 12 are free).
Strawberry Festival Antique Show ~
May 17 & 18 | 2014
Pumpkin Pie Days Antique Show ~
October 11 & 12 | 2014
Pumpkin Pie Days Antique Show
Pumpkin Pie Days was a community festival held in Longmont each year between 1899 and 1914. Visitors came to town, many on the special trains the railroad added for the occasion, to watch the parade, cheer at the horse races, and, of course, partake of the free pumpkin pie and other food provided by Longmont businesses and housewives. Some years, attendance was more than 10,000.
In 1969, the St. Vrain Historical Society chose to commemorate this early community celebration in the name of their newly established flea market and antique show. Over the past 40 years the show has become a modern community tradition, drawing as many as 5,000 visitors from across the front range to shop from more than 70 antique dealers. Pumpkin pies, donated by Society members and supporters, are reminiscent of the early Pumpkin Pie Days. The show, with the reputation as one of the best in Northern Colorado, is held each year on the second full weekend of October.
Strawberry Festival Antique Show
The Strawberry Festival Antique Show was started almost forty years ago to help raise funds for Society projects. Once again, the Society chose to commemorate a unique Longmont historical event in naming this show. In 1871, Longmont's founding year, New York philanthropist, Elizabeth Thompson, donated the land and books for a library in the Chicago Colorado Colony's new town. She visited Longmont only once when she came for the dedication of Library Hall in June 1871. It was billed as a Strawberry Festival and was a gala event reported in all the Denver newspapers of the day. Library Hall served as Longmont's first town hall, community center, school and place of worship. It still stands today at 335 Pratt Street in Longmont.
The Society has held the Strawberry Festival the third weekend in May each year since 1970. Like Pumpkin Pie Days it has grown in size and reputation and each May thousands of visitors come to browse among the antiques displayed and sold. Everyone enjoys the strawberry short cake with freshly whipped cream dished up by Society volunteers.