Now that Dade City Main Street has closed its doors, Dade City merchants are creating an official organization and their first act is to rescue the Spring Antique Faire.
Dade City merchants have been meeting as an “unofficial” organization for a couple of years with Margaret Angell as the chairwoman, but now they are setting up officers and filing paperwork to become a tax-exempt nonprofit organization under the name Downtown Dade City Merchants Association.
“We’re going to take over the antiques fair, but we have to do a little pinch-hitting on this particular one,” Angell said.
The Main Street organization, whose goal was improving the appearance and economic stability of downtown Dade City, had suffered a financial decline since 2007, said Downtown Dade City Main Street board member and treasurer Julie Cotton.
Main Street organized the Antique Faire and other events. When the organization closed, the scheduled Spring Antique Faire was canceled, Angell said.
“The merchants, especially the antique dealers, thought it was important to go on with it so we quickly put together a plan to continue the event.” She called it a “rescue plan.”
The Spring Antique Faire will take on a different look for this year.
In the past the spring and fall antique fairs have been held in the Eighth Street parking lots. The merchant association plans to keep up that tradition starting in the fall, but for the upcoming event the antique vendors will be set up throughout Dade City’s downtown area.
Antiques sales will be set up in front of local antique dealers while dealers with parking lot space will make those areas available for out-of-town vendors. There also will be an arts and crafts fair at Dade City Commons for vendors selling wares that are not strictly antiques, Angell said.
The Spring Antique Faire will be from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. April 27 and 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. April 28. Vendors interested in setting up can apply with Kathleen at Top Drawer Antiques at (352) 437-4838.
There is no fee for this time only.
“We waived all fees because of the change of circumstances,” Angell said.
The association also will take over the annual Christmas Stroll during the holidays.
They do not plan to organize the annual Scarecrow Festival.