You can still pre-register for the third annual Southwest Kansas Antiques Appraisal Fair which will take place on March 14 at the Finney County 4-H Building. The event is scheduled to take place from 9-4. It is arranged like a live and local version of the Antiques Road Show and is supported by the Finney County Convention and Visitors Bureau and 19 additional sponsors.
Item appraisals cost $15 but entry is free for those who just want to come and watch. As Steve Quakenbush, historical society executive director, said “We have a great time putting on the appraisal fair, but we also count on the proceeds to help us provide the community with education and research, as well as maintain the museum and preserve the heritage of Finney County and southwest Kansas.”
Priority will be given to the pre-registered items and then inspections will be done on a first-come, first-serve basis. Those who are interested can pre-register from 1-5 daily at the Finney County Museum, 403 S. Fourth St. in Finnup Park.
Last year during the event, the team appraised 135 items. The evaluators explain the history of each antique and unique aspects of the item, but there is no selling or buying during the fair.
The only items that the appraisers can’t evaluate is fine jewelry and firearms. All else is welcome. And come with an empty stomach as the Flat Broke Barbecue will be selling food and beverages throughout the show.