Nearly 50,000 treasure hunters will descend upon the small hamlet of Bouckville this week for the 42nd annual Madison-Bouckville Antique Week.

The largest outdoor antique show in New York State—and the latest in a string of successful events in Madison County this summer—runs Monday August 12 through Sunday August 18.

“We’re really excited about this year’s show,” said John Mancino, president of Madison-Bouckville Promotions, which organizes Antique Week. “The June Antique Show exceeded all of our expectations and we had a great turnout for the first annual Bouckville Classics car show.  This momentum has carried over into Antique Week and helped us book thousands of vendors—it’s going to be a great event.”

Mancino said that more than 2,000 vendors and dealers will line Route 20, setting up on picturesque farm fields alongside local antique shops to create a continuous flow of antiques.  Each will have antiques and collectables of all shapes, sizes, and price ranges available for sale or trade. Admission is free to most fields.

In addition, the Madison County Visitors Center, located on Rt. 20, is among the many lots that offer free parking. A convenient shuttle will be running a continuous loop from the Visitors Center to downtown Bouckville Thursday through Sunday.

Those who attend the show on Tuesday through Friday at noon will beat the crowds and also be eligible to win $500 cash by playing the “Cash Walk.”  Visitors who have their game card stamped at ten participating locations will be entered into a raffle, which will be held Friday at noon in The Gallery Antique Store. The card will be available at the Cider House Antique Shop and, when completed, must be turned in at Troop Scoops.

As is tradition, there will be plenty of food vendors ready to feed hungry shoppers with fare ranging from hamburgers to ice cream to lobster.

For more information on Madison-Bouckville Antique Week, visit www.madison-bouckville.com.

Madison-Bouckville Antique Week is part of a great lineup of summer events in Madison County. For information on lodging, camping, dining, and other arts and entertainment events in Madison County, call 1-800-684-7320 or visit www.madisontourism.com.

Taking a step back from the role of tourism today, this blog post is more aimed at our readers who live here and close to Madison County.
Every day we have a lot of choices on where to purchase our goods and services.  With the state of New York passing more and more costs down to our counties, and the governor and legislature showing little fortitude to do anything about it, we can help control some of our fiscal future here in Madison County. 
Our county is made up of a lot of bedroom communities.  Many people live here and work in Syracuse, Rome and Utica.  I've had this discussion with my wife before on buying just the simple things locally, like filling up the gas tank in Chittenango instead of East Syracuse on her way to and from work and the impact it makes on our property taxes.
For example.  My wife spends about $3600 a year in gas for her vehicle.  At today's prices that's somewhere between 900 and 1000 gallons of gas.  At $3.78 a gallon there is about 28 cents of state and local sales tax per gallon, 14 cents of the going directly to our local governments in sales tax revenue.  If my wife buys all of her gas in Madison County that is $140 in sales tax revenue over the course of the year for local governments.  Multiply that by the 25,000 or more people who work outside of the county but who live here.  That comes to $3.5 million dollars that may or may not be going to support the local services we enjoy here in Madison County.  You see, you have the choice on where you spend your tax dollars and the programs that eventually those dollars support. 
So think about it a bit this year when you are looking over your county tax bills.  How much tax money are you giving to other counties, that by spending it here, you could reduce your property taxes or at the very least help maintain the high levels of service we enjoy?

If it’s the middle of August, it must be Antique week in Madison and Bouckville. The annual antique show with over 2000 vendors opens on Monday August 13 and runs through Sunday August 19.  It is one of the biggest antique shows in the Northeast and it has quite the reputation of being one of the best among antique dealers and collectors.

During the week, dealers line Route 20 setting up in between the local antique shops so it becomes a continuous flow of antiques. There is no admission cost again this year which makes it a great time to check out what antiquing is all about. Attending the show during the week offers antique collectors a chance to discover exactly what they’re looking for in a relaxing, slower paced shopping environment. There will be food vendors placed along Rt. 20 to take care of the hungry antique shopper. 

There are many places to park throughout the village, some parking lots charge a small fee but there are a couple places that have free parking. The Madison County Visitors Center, located on Rt. 20, offers free parking for up to 200 cars and 20 onsite antique deals to get you started. So get there early and stay all day.  

Returning for the 2012 show is the shuttle service.  The bus will make seven stops from downtown Bouckville to the Madison County Visitor Center.  Now you don’t have to worry about the walking as much, if you get tired, hop on at one of the shuttle stops and ride back to your car.

New this year is the $500 cash giveaway.  When you stop into 10 participating locations Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday you will have the opportunity to win $500 in cash from those merchants.  Just make sure you visit them all and get

Take advantage of attending the early show during the week, beat the weekend crowds and come experience the largest outdoor antique show in New York State.

For more information on the August Madison-Bouckville Antique Week, visit www.madison-bouckville.com

Madison-Bouckville Antique Week is part of a great lineup of events in Madison County this summer.  For hotels, restaurants and other arts and entertainment venues in Madison County call 800-684-7320 or visit our website at www.madisontourism.com.

It is almost mother's day and there if is one thing that people from Syracuse to Utica know, the best options for dining on that special day can be found right here in Madison County.  Here is a run down of some of your options this year.

The Hotel Solsville in Madison is featuring their Grand Buffet again this year.  You will find slow roasted prime rib, ham, pork loin, peel and eat shrimp, mashed potatoes and gravy, mac and cheese and more on the buffet.  It’s a real comfort food feast and they are accepting reservations at 315-893-7698.

DeRuyter’s Centros Hotel is serving brunch from 11am-2pm featuring fresh roasted turkey, prime rib, poached salmon and all the fixings.  Reservations are encouraged by calling 315-852-1122.

The Brewster Inn in Cazenovia is offering their regular dinner menu on Mother’s Day, and that is a treat in itself.  Call them at 315-655-9232 for reservations.

Redwood Bar and Grill in Chittenango is offering all you can eat spaghetti for just $7.99 per person.

Fisher Bay Restaurant on Oneida Lake in Bridgeport will be featuring a breakfast buffet with everything plus stuffed french toast and later in the day they will have prime rib with all the fixings that go with it.  As an added special locally caught perch (their specialty) will be available too.  Call them at 315-633-2244.

The Colgate Inn in Hamilton will  be serving brunch from 10:00am to 2:00pm.
Reservations are required. Please call 315-824-2300.  You can check out the extensive menu here.

The Poolville Country Store in Poolvilleis serving brunch from 10:00 to 12:30 and dinner from 2:00 to 5:00.  Specials include; Crab stuffed jumbo prawns, ham,asparagus & cheddar cheese Charlotte, traditional seafood Newburgh, and " local " shepards pie over puff pastry, fresh fish of the day, and of course everything at The Poolville Country Store is completely made on premise, their sustainable seafood is flown in directly from Honolulu Hawaii on 24 hour notice, reservations recommended but not necessary by calling 315-691-2677.

Leandro’s Restaurant in Canastota will be featuring an extensive Mother’s Day Buffet.  The full menu can be seen right here. Make your reservations for one of their sittings by calling 315-875-5346.

The Horned Dorset Inn in Leonardsville will have a small jazz duo playing from 1 to 4 pm and they are offering a four course prix fixe menu for $48.  Check it out here.

Almost everyone requires reservations on Mother’s Day so be smart and call ahead.  You don’t want to have to make Mom wait on her special day.
Coming off of a highly successful 2011 Madison Bouckville Antique Show, the shops in and around Madison and Bouckville have decided to have a pre-holiday open house event in November. 
Friday, Saturday and Sunday November 4-6th over 15 shops will be open special hours for your shopping delight.  You will find art, furniture, antiques, cut glass, handmade items and more. 
The shops will be open from 1-7 on Friday and from 10-6 on both Saturday and Sunday. 
For more information on the event visit the promoter's website. 

It was a very busy week in Madison and Bouckville for the 40th annual Madison Bouckville Antique Week.  The show received good reviews from dealers and visitors and the hotels and restaurants of Madison County had a very successful week too.  Be sure to mark your calendar for next year's show August 13-19, 2012 Here is a recap of stories from around the internet.
Madison Bouckville Antique Show in Full Swing (WKTV) This WKTV story tells about the 35% of the antique show that is inside the festival gates.
Antique Future Bright in Bouckville (Oneida Daily Dispatch) A nice look at the future of the Bouckville Antique Week.
Plenty to see, do and buy as antique extravaganza in Bouckville  celebrates 40 years (Syracuse.com) A good overview of the show from one end of town to the other.
Madison Bouckville (maya*made blog)This blogger was looking for and finding crates at the show
Madison Bouckville Antique Festival Slideshow (The Utica O-D) The OD credits the Festival Field with these pictures, but they were taken all over the town inside and out of that field.  Great times!
Madison Bouckville Review (52 Flea) This blogger had a great time and took outstanding pictures
Stormy Hen Living's Review (Stormy Hen Living) Another fun review of a successful trip to Antique Week
Treasure Hunting at Bouckville (Jen Spends) They spent most of their time on the festival field and enjoyed the experience
550 Dealers at Madison-Bouckville Antique Show (CNY Central) --They miss the mark on the number of dealers, but there is good video of the show.
Vintage Junk in My Trunk (VJiMT Blog) They spent a ton of time in Bouckville and were happy.

The past two weeks have been a whirlwind of activity surrounding the annual Madison Bouckville Outdoor Antique Festival.  It came as a surprise to many when longtime promoter Jock Hengst sold the fields to a local dairy farmer.  Well last night good news came out that that farmer would be leasing the fields to a Syracuse based events promoter who desires to put on an Antique Show similar in size and scope to the long running Madison Bouckville Outdoor Antique Show.  That promoter is the Results group and they sent out a press release this morning:

During an organizational meeting of the Madison Bouckville Antique Dealers Association on Wednesday evening it was announced that The Results Group, a Syracuse, NY based event marketing firm, has signed a multi-year agreement to lease the site of the former Madison Bouckville Antique Show.
Tom Tarry, President of The Results Group said we are delighted to be a part of such a first class event.  I am originally from Madison County, having been born in Oneida, New York, and I feel very lucky to have this opportunity.  The residents of Madison County owe a debt of gratitude to Ed and Tori Carhart, the new owners of the show site.  I am convinced, though they would never admit it, that there were other, more financially rewarding options for this property but they chose to use the land to further the development of the week-long antique event.  We must also tip our hat to Cindy and Jock Hengst, the founders of the Madison Bouckville Antique Show, for their tireless commitment to creating and nurturing this very important event.  We wish them well in their well deserved future endeavors.
Jim Walter, Executive Director of Madison County Tourism said We are very excited to learn that the Results Group will be promoting an antique festival as part of the overall Madison Bouckville Antique Week in August 2011 on the original Outdoor Antique Show fields.  The annual antique week has an economic impact on our community of well over $1.5 million.  It accounts for over $360,000 in hotel sales in Madison County during that week, and fills our restaurants, not to mention the boutique stores in places such as Hamilton and Cazenovia along route 20.  In fact the show has a regional impact selling hotel rooms from Utica to Syracuse and Rome to Norwich.  The Results Groups involvement ensures that Antique Week will continue to provide the best outdoor antiquing experience in all of New York State and will continue to help drive our local economy.  We are looking forward to working with them and all the show promoters to grow the festival in the coming years.

The Results Group is a Syracuse, NY based event marketing firm producing events including Empire Brewfest, the Taste of Rochester, the Syracuse Golf Show, the Long Island Golf Show and many others.

Much has been made around here over the past few weeks about the premature end of the Madison Bouckville Antique Show.  As we said in an earlier Blog post, the show must go on.  The Oneida Daily Dispatch's Matt Powers filed this story this week:By MATT POWERS
Dispatch Staff Writer

BOUCKVILLE – Local antiques dealers say they will continue on with a show in 2011 despite the organizer of the old Madison-Bouckville Antiques Show pulling out.
Dealers have suggested a show tentatively scheduled for Aug. 18-21 along state Route 20.
Last week it was revealed that the 90-acre plot used for part of the show was sold to a new owner, who intends to farm it.
The Antique Pavillion Manager Monica Dinitto said the show must continue.
“I just think that we need to get the word out that the show is still going to go on and the dealers are still going to be here,” she said. “It’s just not necessarily in that spot.”
She said vendors have always set up along State Route 20 during the week leading up to the show on the large field.
She said she knew many people who avoided paying to get into the main field show to instead focus on all the antiques available from shops and vendors in the heart of town adding that many of the vendors from the main show will now likely rent space from the shops.
Dianne Luft, of Verona, runs the vendor tent Luft Antiques with her husband at the show.
She said the change is not the end of the overall antiques show.
“That show is just one portion of it,” she said. “That’s only two days that the gentleman had that private field where people came there. But the other part of town, that’s all a different story.”
She said each year “every yard, every backyard, every place along the road, every big field has tents in it.”
“I think everybody is going to have to work together more,” said Don Mann, Stone Lodge Antiques owner.
He said the antiques dealers are organizing a meeting in the coming weeks to discuss the future of the show.
“We’re going to try to get all the people that have all the stores together because it affects everybody,” he said.
Two of the bigger issues the group will tackle are advertising for the show and parking.
Madison County Tourism Executive Director Jim Walter said the show is vital to the region.
“It’s a huge economic impact to the area with well over $1 million dollars a year,” he said. “People from all over the east coast spend their money to buy antiques, stay in hotels and eat in restaurants. It’s a very important part of our whole economic picture.”
He said the loss of the field and the organizer of that part of the show will mean changes to how it functions.
“They did a lot of advertising and marketing for the show,” he said. “So we’re going to lose that marketing impact. They would advertise all up and down in antique journals in the northeast. So we’ve got to find a way to make up for that.”
He said Madison County Tourism will continue to do all that it can including “promoting it with our events, our blogs, high visibility in our travel guides and on our website.”
“We’re actually going to work with these dealers directly,” he said. “I’ve got a meeting next week with the town supervisor to talk about what our role is going to be in that.”
He said hopefully the organization can use its marketing expertise to help the dealers get the word out about the show.
He said 2011 will be an important year in determining the future of the show.
“I think 2011 is still going to be a strong year but we’ve got to make sure that we provide the visitors with the best quality experience that they can get,” he said. “So when they talk to their friends about the 2011 antique show it’s all good things that they say.”
He said he wants people to say they had a good time, found good deals and a good selection.
“If we don’t provide that quality visitor experience then it’s going to start to slip,” he said. “That’s where it’s going to be incumbent on us to make sure that the experience remains strong.

By now the word is out and many are concerned about the end of the annual Madison Bouckville Outdoor Antique Show.  Owner Jock Hengst decided to sell his property after putting on one of the biggest events in Central New York for 39 years.  While this marks the end of a well known event and summertime tradition.  It by no means end the annual festival of antiques, which we like to call Antique Week. 
On August 14, 2011 dealers will once again begin to set up shop in the fields and in front of the shops along US Route 20.  Yes there will be changes and yes change can be a scary proposition.  Sometimes change can be good.
Every year I speak with visitors to the show who say they never made it on to the "big" field.  They spent the entire time shopping at fields like Quaker Acres, East Expo, Butternut Hill, the Cherry Valley Antique Barn and at Bono's field.  These fields all will be back in 2011. 
It is incumbent upon us who live here, and work at promoting the area, to make sure the visitors who come here in 2011 have the best possible show experience.  It is also important to make sure that we get out in front and promote this experience.  For many years the dealers and promoters rode the coattails of Jock Hengst and the advertising he did for his show.  We must now get out and promote the show ourselves, both traditionally and by other means.  The impact this show has on the community cannot be underestimated, the show must go on.
Over the next couple of weeks we plan to take the lead in rallying the local antique community and coordinating a marketing effort.  We hope they rally behind us and we are looking forward to a strong 2011 antique week.