The 82nd Annual Westfield Antique Show will be held Saturday, July 20, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday, July 21, from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. The show will be held in the air-conditioned Eason Hall, 23 Elm St., Westfield, N.Y. Admission is $5 for both days and proceeds benefit the Chautauqua County Historical Society.
The Westfield Antique Show may well be the longest running regional show in the United States. It was started in 1938 by Doc and Edis Shelkey, local Westfield antique dealers.
Sometime prior to World War II, the Blakelys purchased the show. They were antique show promoters from Washington, D.C., who summered in Westfield. Then, during the late 1940s and 1950s, D.S. Clarke from Milwaukee took over the show.
Clarke may have been the first promoter to use Eason Hall for the show location. He also owned and published the “Antiques Journal,” and promoted Westfield as one of the important antique centers in the country.
Dr. Eller, from Pittsburgh, bought the show from Clarke and ran the show with the help of Cleo Tidbal, a local antique dealer. She eventually assumed full ownership until 1994, when the Chautauqua County Historical Society purchased the show from her estate.
This year, the Westfield Antique Show will have dozens of quality dealers from four states. There will be a large variety of merchandise including glass, silver, jewelry, and 18th- and 19th-century furniture.