Longmont celebrates an age old tradition with their 48th Annual Pumpkin Pie Days: Vintage & Antique Market October 14 and 15.
The show will be held at the Boulder County Fairgrounds, 9595 Nelson Road in the Exhibit Building. The hours for the show are Saturday, Oct. 14 from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. and Sunday, Oct. 15 from 11 a.m.-4 p.m. The Market features high-end dealers and collectors in: furniture, retro, vintage, books, primitives, décor, toys, western, collectibles, glass, fine jewelry, costume jewelry, vintage clothing, glass and much more. There will also be a glass grinder, bake sale and art show during the weekend’s festivities. Admission is $5 (children under 12 are FREE).
The Vintage & Antique Market gets its name from Pumpkin Pie Days, a community festival held in Longmont each year between 1899 and 1914. Thousands of visitors came to town, many on the special trains the railroad added for the occasion. In the early years of Pumpkin Pie Days, there were horse races in Roosevelt Park, a parade, a Grand Ball, balloon races featuring famous aeronauts and free pumpkin pie and other food provided by Longmont businesses and housewives.
In 1969, the St. Vrain Historical Society chose to commemorate this early community celebration in the name of their newly established flea market and antique show. Over the past 45 years, the show has become a modern community tradition, drawing more than 5,000 visitors from across the Front Range to shop from antiques and collectibles dealers from Colorado and the surrounding states. Pumpkin pies, donated by society members and supporters, are reminiscent of the early Pumpkin Pie Days, and a café will be selling additional fare. The show, with the reputation as one of the best in Northern Colorado, is held each year on the second full weekend of October.
The St. Vrain Historical Society sponsors two antique markets each year, Pumpkin Pie Days and the Strawberry Festival held each May. Both shows serve as their primary fundraisers to help finance historic education and preservation projects in the community. To learn more about the St. Vrain Historical Society, visit stvrainhistoricalsociety.com.