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Hundreds visited the Red River Valley Fairgrounds searching for antiques at the third annual Paris Texas Antique Fair this weekend.
Organizer Janet Green, owner of Two Rivers Antiques, said about 500 cars went through the gates Friday. Mostly pleasant weather brought more Saturday.
“I haven’t left my space,” Green said. “We haven’t even had time to go eat.”
The antique fair is a family affair designed to give people to purchase antique, vintage and repurposed items. The event has 75 spaces for vendors, although many merchants take up more than one space. Green and daughter Sara Norris host the fair, which is held each year on the second weekend of October. She said her husband, Dr. Keith Green, also helps
“We go all over Texas; we hand-pick the vendors,” Green said. “I did it because I was tired of going places and hearing, ‘Where’s Paris, Texas?’”
Which is why she chose the name she did for the annual event.
“It’s not a cute name,” she said. “It’s the Paris Texas Antique Fair.”
A raffle was held to raise money for Project Redo, a project of the Women of Holy Cross Episcopal Church to help graduates of New Hope Center set up their new homes. Part of the gate proceeds also went to the Episcopal day school.
The fairgrounds also saw antique cars. Several unique travel trailers were on hand courtesy of Sisters on the Fly, an outdoors adventure club comprised of more than 4,000 women. “Sister” activities include fly fishing, kayaking, cowgirl college, wine tasting and horseback riding. Each year, the organization pledges $30,000 to Casting for Recovery, an organization dedicated to enhancing the quality of life of women with breast cancer by providing retreats designed to promote and support mental and physical healing.
The antique fair started Friday and included Party on the Plaza, which got off to a slow start but quickly picked up after sunset.
“We were totally slammed,” Melissa Wickersham of Creative Candy Designs said. “We probably made a third of our proceeds between the hours of 6:30 and 9, and it was a good day in our store.”
Party on the Plaza: