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WFWA holds 'Antiques Roadshow'-style event Sunday at Parkview Field

Friday, September 27, 2013 - 6:25 am

You never know what people will bring through the door on public television's highly successful program “Antiques Roadshow,” and that's just what local public station WFWA, PBS Channel 39, hopes will happen at its “Antiques & Collectibles: What is it Worth?” event Sunday at Parkview Field.

“One thing we found out last time (2002) is people have some pretty amazing stuff socked away,” said Mark Ryan, WFWA creative services manager.

The event will take place from noon to 5 p.m. in the Lincoln Financial Event Center at Parkview Field, 1301 Ewing St. The event center is located down the right-field line near the corner of Douglas Avenue and Webster Street.

Ryan said this will be both a fun event and fundraiser for WFWA. For an evaluation by a local expert, it will cost $10 for one item and $25 for three items. People who just want to watch can enter free.

Firearms will not be allowed, however, because the station couldn't arrange for a qualified expert to be there to handle and evaluate guns safely, Ryan said.

The evaluations provided Sunday will be more for information and entertainment, he said, with experts helping people identify objects and providing a basic idea of their worth. If the person wants a legal evaluation, they will need to have an appraiser provide it at a later date.

Sunday's event will feature four general appraisers who can evaluate a variety of items — Ken Ellenberger, Greg Littlejohn, Amy Beatty and Ron Weigmann.

The other appraisers specialize in the following areas: Jim Fairfield, coins and currency; Sam Hyde, books and documents; Morrison Agen, records and albums; Eileen Eichhorn, jewelry; Becky Yager, dolls and toys; Joe Cain, advertising; and Betty Fishman, fine art and paintings.

WFWA will have a videographer there filming short segments on various appraisals so the videos can be posted to the station's Facebook page, Ryan said.

WFWA staff also will see how Sunday's event goes and try to gauge whether there is enough interest to create a regularly airing local show on antiques and collectibles.