Attendance at Antique City Fun Fair in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, increased by 63% last April. The line at the box office was an eighth of a mile long, according to promoter Norman Schaut, and two hours after the doors opened, the line still wrapped around the Lehigh University field house.
Schaut said, “We never expected a surge of this magnitude between one year and the next. To ensure that the line moves quickly, we will double our box office personnel on April 12 and 13.” In addition, an express ticketing procedure is being put in place by the newest member of the staff, Donna Blackwell.
She explained, “This system simplifies on-line ticket purchasing” and will reduce the processing and charge card fee to $1.40 per ticket. In the past, most tickets were mailed, but because of delivery time, they had to stop selling a week before the event. “Now, collectors with a computer and printer can buy tickets until show time…print out the coded tickets and bring them for scanning at the entrance.”
On Sunday, April 13, specialists will offer appraisals for $5 per item. All fees will be donated to the pediatric unit of the Good Shepherd Rehabilitation Hospital, Allentown, Pennsylvania; the Center for Animal Health and Welfare, Easton, Pennsylvania; and the Wounded Warrior Project. These organizations will share in Saturday ticket sales and receive all revenue from the Sunday box office.
The show hours are Saturday, April 12, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.; and Sunday, April 13, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. General admission is $8 for adults; children under 12 are free. Parking is also free. The show preview begins at 8 a.m. on Saturday; tickets are $16. Tickets can be purchased at the box office on show days or ordered on line at (www.AntiqueCityShow.com) or by calling (800) 822-4119.
Originally published in the March 2014 issue of Maine Antique Digest. © 2014 Maine Antique Digest