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Antiques dealers, collectors flock to Kane County show

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  • Antiques shoppers take their time to visit the 55 booths at the 57th Fox Valley Antiques Show on Sunday at the Kane County Fairgrounds in St. Charles. The show benefitted the Garfield Farm and Museum in St. Charles.

       Antiques shoppers take their time to visit the 55 booths at the 57th Fox Valley Antiques Show on Sunday at the Kane County Fairgrounds in St. Charles. The show benefitted the Garfield Farm and Museum in St. Charles.
    John Starks | Staff Photographer

  • A Richard's Flexofold wooden sled produced in 1909 in Aurora hangs in the booth of Doug and Diane McElwain's Sport and Spool Antiques of Goldsboro, N.C., on Sunday at the Fox Valley Antique Show at the Kane County Fairgrounds. The 57th annual spring show featured antiques from dealers from 15 states. Doug McElwain said he hoped someone from the area would buy the sled.

       A Richard's Flexofold wooden sled produced in 1909 in Aurora hangs in the booth of Doug and Diane McElwain's Sport and Spool Antiques of Goldsboro, N.C., on Sunday at the Fox Valley Antique Show at the Kane County Fairgrounds. The 57th annual spring show featured antiques from dealers from 15 states. Doug McElwain said he hoped someone from the area would buy the sled.
    John Starks | Staff Photographer

 
 

Rare antiques dealers from 15 states converged Sunday in St. Charles at the 57th Fox Valley Antiques Show at the Kane County Fairgrounds.

The antiques came from around the world, but at least one piece was back near where is was first manufactured 105 years ago. A wooden child's sled built in Aurora was displayed by dealers Doug and Diane McElwain of North Carolina, who have been traveling to 35 shows annually, but just brought the sled along for the first time at the Kane County event.

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"This is our first time here and we wanted to make a good impression," said Doug, explaining that the sled is from his personal collection. "I hope it goes to someone local."

The show was produced by the Chicago Suburban Antique Dealers Association and will benefit the Garfield Farm Museum in St. Charles. The Garfield Farm Museum is a surviving 370-acre farmstead. Its 24 buildings are used for educational programs.

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