07 June 2013|
Strawberries and local history are on the schedule for the Iola Historical Society’s 29th Annual Strawberry Fest, to be held June 23 from 11:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. at the Society’s Historical Village complex on Depot Street in Iola. Local crafters will also show off their handiwork, and an Antiques Appraisal Fair provides experts on a wide range of collectibles on hand to ascertain the value of people’s attic and basement treasures.
Admission to the event is free, although goodwill donations are being accepted. Food items include strawberry shortcake and ice cream or cool whip, for $4; barbecue sandwich, $3.00; hot dog, $2.50; and coffee, lemonade and water for $1. Each purchase of strawberry shortcake includes a free raffle ticket, with additional tickets available for $1 each. Door prizes are from local merchants. All proceeds from the event go to benefit restoration of the historic Iola & Northern Railroad Depot and other historical society projects.
Antique Appraisal Fair
Area residents can bring items from their attics and basements for evaluation and pricing information to a wide-ranging group of experts at the Antiques Appraisal Fair. Cost is $2 per item or $5 for three items, with all proceeds benefitting the Iola Historical Society.
Antiques and collectibles appraisers tentatively include, for general antiques, Joel Edler; books, comics and popular culture - Maggie Thompson, Brent Frankenhoff, and Tom Michael; sports collectibles - Bob Lemke; sporting goods - Ted Willems; militaria and medals - Colin Bruce and Fred Borgmann; miscellaneous collectibles, toys, and coins - Eric Bradley, Dave Demling, George Cuhaj, and Joel Edler; records and music memorabilia – Tim Neely; and automotive - John Gunnell.
Crafters showing their skills
Crafters showing their artisan skills include Linda Carsten (rosemaling), Jerry Johnson, (rugweaving), Claire Nordness (spinning), and Patty Kirschner ( jewelry making), among others. Most of the crafters also have items for sale.