September 6, 2007

2007 Scotland County Antique Fair Sets Numerous Attendance Records

To say the 2007 Scotland County Antique Fair was a success really is an understatement. The most recent version of the weekend festival in Memphis overcame difficult weather conditions the first two days to pack the city square nearly the entire day Saturday, August 25th.

“We were down a little bit on Thursday and Friday but things really turned around on Saturday, as we had the single best day in the history of our tent at the Antique Fair,” Pastor Terry Lippstreu told his congregation at the Memphis United Methodist Church.

Their food stand set new sales records as the huge Saturday crowd patronized it as well as the numerous other food and entertainment stops set up on the courthouse lawn.

Smoke from the Scotland County Rotary Club’s barbecue made the 210 chicken dinners and the 120 pork chops basically sell themselves.

“We had people lining up even before the parade was over,” said cook chairman Jim Kigar. “We sold out pretty quickly. The meal always goes well, but the bingo tent is what really helps out Rotary as it’s open three nights during the fair and it is really our big money maker.”

The huge food sales during the afternoon weren’t because folks went without breakfast.

The Scotland County Fire Department took in more than $1,000 at the door during its annual pancake breakfast held in conjunction with the Antique Fair.

“It’s always a big moneymaker for us,” said fireman Kevin Skinner. “Former fireman John Dodge at J’s Foods always supports the department, so we keep our costs low enough to have a really good fundraiser.”

Food wasn’t the only thing on the minds of fair participants. The entertainment packed the square as well, despite rain showers both Thursday and Friday.

The baby show on Thursday night was one of the largest in the fair’s history. Two age divisions had more than two dozen entrants, forcing the judges to divide the fields into heats before ultimately selecting the winners.

The fan-base was even greater than the field of contestants, causing concerns about plans to move the event to the Memphis Theatre in case of rain. The crowd would not have fit into the venue, but fortunately Mother Nature held off until the show was completed.

Following the parade on Saturday, the square remained filled as the annual car show took center stage.

Organizer Jerry Grosenkemper reported a record number of entries, including several first-time participants. A total of 126 cars were on display throughout the afternoon.

The crowds carried over to Sunday for the annual fly-in dinner at Briggs-Smith Memorial Airport. H. Middleton reported pilots gave plane rides to 130 guests and more than 300 meals were served during the afternoon.

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