Antique dealers from across Arkansas and surrounding states will converge on the small town of Hardy on Sept. 2 and Sept. 3 for the 23rd annual Old Hardy Town Antique Show and Sale.
Dealers will be displaying their finest collectibles, rarities and fine antique items and furniture in the Old Hardy Gym meeting center.
The show will be held from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Sept. 2 and 10 a.m. until 4 p.m. on Sept. 3. Included this year will be large coin collections and free coin appraisal and coin grading by Bolin's Coins.
Each year, thousands of antique enthusiasts swell this small Ozark town of 600 hunting for valuables and bargains. Known as an antiquing haven for the large number of antiques and arts and crafts among the 75 quaint stores lining the Old Hardy Town Main Street, there will be special bargains and special treasures all over town as the local vendors bring out their finest items for the weekend show. A flea market will be added this year downtown with old fashioned wood stoves, hand-woven items, weaving tools and fishing gear among the offerings.
Recording artist Gary Jennings, Country Comedy and other selected bands will entertain at various locations throughout the Main Street area. Food vendors will tempt patrons with tasty treats such as shaved ice, kettle corn and fried pies. Saturday's events will feature a watermelon spitting contest for kids, and an ice cream social in the evening will cap off the day.
While in Hardy, there's also canoeing, fly fishing and swimming in the Spring River, one of Arkansas' scenic rivers, unique restaurants and the Automobile Museum, and delightful lodgings and B&Bs for a weekend stay. Hardy has all the unspoiled, picturesque charm of the true Ozark experience.
Hardy is located on the banks of the Spring River and offers two municipal parks along the river's winding path. For more information on any of these events or planning a Hardy vacation call Main Street Hardy at 856-3571, Tracy Jared at the Hardy Tourist Information Center, 856-3571, or visit the Hardy Web site at www.oldhardytown.com.