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Antiques are Keen in 2019

 The 37th Annual Walnut AMVETs Antique Show will continue the tradition.  More than 340 dealers from across the United States will set up their booths, restocking daily with newly displayed items.  If you haven't attended the Walnut AMVETs Antique Show, you will discover that this is the show to "find it and buy it."

Walnut's turn-of-the-century buildings, brick and tree-lined streets, country hospitality and existing malls and shops are the perfect setting for the show.

Walnut is located in Iowa at exit 46 on I-80.

( Next year's Show is:  14-16 June 2019 )

 

 Email us:        WalnutAMVETs@walnutel.net

                                                                                             Call us:        712-784-3710

 The Latest News:

Monday, June 18th, 2018:  Another Walnut Antique Show is in the books.  It was a big success. Attendance was very good.  The town is cleaned up and the vendors are safely home or on the way to another show down the road. We didn't have any rain, but the heat was a factor for many. Shoppers came early and left a little earlier than usual. The inside dealers had shoppers longer due to the air-conditioning. The A/C in the Community Center (formerly the school building) worked wonderfully. Many vendors commented they had a great show despite the heat.

We updated the heading on this page, so mark your calendar on your phone or computer for next year's show. (Next year's calendar for your wall won't be out for a few months) Modern technology...ya gotta love it.

 

Thursday, June 14th, 2018:  Hundreds of volunteers have been preparing for the thousands of antique and collectable enthusiasts that are planning to attend this great show. The forecast is for warm temps, so plan to come early and stay hydrated. Walnut has one of the greatest volunteer fire departments in the state with trained EMTs, but let's try not to need them.

Now that the new Walnut Community building (old school building) is air conditioned, you can get a break from the heat. The Legion Hall and the AMVET Hall also have A/C and have quality exhibitors with quality antiques and collectables.

Many of our vendors have commented to us that they save their best items to bring to the Walnut show, because we attract the best customers. You are welcome to park anywhere in town that is legal, but for easy parking, just follow our volunteers to our many parking areas.

We have had a few calls asking if pets are allowed. They are, but when it's hot, they suffer, so be prepared to take care of them. We don't allow golf carts to be used inside the show, but handicap scooters are allowed.

Many of our young people are planning to sell cold water from roving carts, so you will have easy access to water. Take care of your self and drink early and often.

Have a great time. See you at the show.

 

Monday, May 21st, 2018:  All is going well preparing for the show on Father's Day weekend. We just received word that iLiving Travel Scooters will be again this year and will have a few rental scooters available. To reserve one ahead of time to ensure you get one, call them at 385-393-GOGO or website www.ilivingtravelscooters.comfor more information. During the show, they will be located just west of the old school building on Pleasant Street.

 

 

Monday Morning, Jan16th, 2018:  Preparations are underway for the 36th Annual Walnut Antique Show. Most contracts are sent to our best antique vendors. We are looking forward to making this year's show the best yet. Our town's school has closed,but we are developing it into a community center. Last year we opened the second gymnasium up to 20 new dealers and it was a great success. This year we will have the whole community center air conditioned. This means we now have four halls with 55 dealers in air conditioned comfort. Of course we still have 15 blocks of dealers outside on the streets.

 

 


 

Last Year:

Friday Morning, June 16th, 2017:  Yesterday was a busy day for Walnut.  Much of the preparation for the Best Antique Show in the mid west was completed including many food stands. The AMVETs placed all of the dealers and vendors.  The weather was warm but clear of storms and rain. About 9 PM a small cell came through but was more noise than rain and rinsed everything off a little.

The weather forecast looks very good for the weekend show. We expect a big crowd for all three days. Our fire department crew is ready to help park everyone. They are also ready to serve a great breakfast at the Fire Station downtown from 6 - 10 AM.  Many of our local kids are ready to sell bottled water through-out the show, so no one should go thirsty.

So come on over to Walnut for a day or two. Be sure to check out all of our indoor halls. We have the Legion Hall and AMVET Hall downtown and the old Gym and the new Gym at the school building in the center of town. There are two front entrance doors into the school building now.    See you at the show!!!

Saturday, June 10th, 2017:  Less than a week to go til antique show mania. The folks of Walnut are busy getting ready for the exhibitors and shoppers from near and far. Services have been ordered, food is being prepared, streets are being marked, the best items are being packed all over the country for transport to Walnut and countless other actions are being performed. In the past, we have been trying to get someone to come and offer handicap scooters for rent. We finally have a company willing to come with a few scooters to check out the demand. They will be located on the corner across from the school building. If you want to reserve one of these scooters, call 385-393-GOGO.   Other great news is the fire department has acquired a shuttle vehicle to bring folks from the north side parking areas down to the fire station so you can have a great breakfast before shopping til you drop. They will start this service at 6 AM each morning. Stay tuned for more info.

Monday, Memorial Day:  Please honor our Veterans who have gone on before. It is a beautiful day here in Walnut. Local organizations are busy preparing Walnut for the onslaught of dealers and customers who invade our picturesque little town to attend one of the greatest Antique Shows in America. We need to mention a new  lodging opportunity in nearby Avoca, IA. Jamie Hines and her husband have recently opened The Avoca Retreat. It is a large Victorian house that has 4 separate rooms that can be rented out to some of you lucky show attendees. Check their website: www.avoca-retreat.com
 

Saturday, May 6th, 2017:      The new gymnasium in the school building is measured, the table layout is complete and the new tables are ordered. The Walnut Antique Show will have 16 new inside dealers. The former school building will become the Walnut Community Center/Event Center and the Walnut Antique Show will now have 4 inside halls filled with dealers. Walnut's downtown is being revitalized with a facade restoration and should be completed before the show. So don't miss these inside dealers when you visit the show on Fathers Day weekend.

Monday, December 26, 2016:     We are gearing up for another great Walnut Antique Show on Father's Day Weekend in June. The big change this year is the addition of more inside space in the school. Our school has closed and the school board is busy making improvements before the city will take possession for further development.  We have permission to fill both gymnasiums in the school with dealers. We will have room for as many as 25 new inside dealers.  There should be an inside food stand in operation also. Our hope is that it will be possible to air condition both gymnasiums before the show. that process is underway. It's too early to tell if it will be accomplished by June. Regardless, we plan to fill the 2nd gymnasium with dealers. Dealers are encouraged to contact us by email or phone to apply for a space.

 


 

   Another addition is our new Information Booth which was a hit.  You can get information and report lost items here.

 Don't forget to get to Walnut early and start the day with a great breakfast at the Walnut Vol. Fire Dept.    Good shopping!

 A change that we made last year and will continue with minor but important differences will be implemented again this year. That change is allowing our vendors to park and set up their canopies on Thursday night. No unloading of goods will be allowed.  Everyone must understand that the AMVETS and the city of Walnut will not allow any transactions to be conducted on Thursday.  Strict rules have been written and harsh penalties will be imposed for infractions. So if you are expecting to get a jump on the shopping on Thursday, it will only be in the shops downtown and not from the show's vendors.

 See you at the show. 

Tim working the forge.

 One of Walnut's attractions is Tim Brennan's Ornamental Iron. Tim has recreated an authentic 1800's blacksmith shop. He operates the forge during the show and talks to onlookers as he heats and shapes iron the old fashion way. This would be a great attraction to see while at the Walnut Antique Show.  Located at the south end of the downtown area.

 

 


 


 FOOD


When you come to Walnut bring your appetite.  The community organizations get involved by providing a variety of food for the growing crowds.  Walnut's firemen have breakfast perfected and will feed hundreds at the Walnut Fire Station on Friday, Saturday and Sunday morning.   Church groups will be doing their part with everything from hamburgers and hot dogs to roast pork sandwiches, from brats to maid-rites.

Walnut has two great restaurants and the area's best bakery downtown now and convenience stores just off the Interstate 80 exit offer many items for the hungry antique-hunter also.  

Walnut's AMVETs will offer grilled smoked pork loin sandwiches and funnel cakes.   With food stands located throughout the show area, you will undoubtedly find something you'll enjoy.

Food Stands

  Open Times Location Types of food
Atlantic Kiwanis Food Stand During Show Atlantic Street Pork loin and drinks
Walnut AMVETS Snack Stand During Show Main St Funnels Cakes and drinks
Peace Church During Show Main St, North of school Roast beef sandwiches, brats, hotdogs, pie, drinks
Presbyterian Church During Show Main St, South of school Barbeque pork sandwiches, pie, ice cream
Lutheran Church During Show Main St, North of school Grilled Brats w/Kraut, Shredded Beef, Hot Dogs and Homemade Pie
Walnut Fire Department Fri, Sat Sun, 6AM-11AM South end of Atlantic St on Hwy 83 Breakfast, eggs, pancakes, sausage
       
Optimists During Show Highland St, East of Main St Burgers & sandwiches and Drinks.
       
 Walnut Community Center Foundation  During Show  Inside Community Center (Formerly the school building)          Hot Dogs, Walking Tacos, Chips, Deserts, Drinks.
       
Restaurants and Shops Open Location Types of food
       
Hay Stackers during the show Downtown, Main St West side Lunch Menu
Robert's Bakery 6 AM - 6 PM Downtown, Main St, West side Baked goods, Lunch

Glenn's Pub

9 AM - 10 PM Downtown, Main St, West Side Lunch, Bar
       
Emma Jeans Restaurant 7 AM - 10 PM Exit 46, I-80, North side Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

 Buffet dining room,      Sports  Bar,   Pizza

Kum & Go

 

6AM - 10 PM Exit 46, I-80, South side Deli sandwiches, pizza, snacks