SVHS sponsors two antique shows at the Boulder County Fairgrounds each year to raise funds for historic preservation and education in community.
All of SVHS' antique shows are held at the Exhibit Building at the Boulder County Fairgrounds, 9595 Nelson Road in Longmont.
Hours are Saturday, 10am - 5pm; Sunday, 11am - 4pm. Each show features over 80 vendors who display and sell a wide variety of antiques and collectibles. Admission is $5 (children under 12 are free).
One of the SVHS' flagship and longest running fundraisers is the Strawberry Festival Antique show held every May--directly after the weekend of Mother’s Day.
The name Strawberry Festival was given to commemorate the Strawberry Festival of 1871—marking the dedication of the newly erected Library Hall by philanthropist Elizabeth Thompson.
Because of their popularity in the east, this fruit became the namesake of the festival and the city ordered strawberries via railroad to be brought in from the east. Unfortunately—the strawberries never came, and many ingenious Longmont housewives scoured their pantries for canned and preserved Strawberries as a substitute. Nonetheless the 1st ever strawberry festival was a success!
One hundred years later, in 1971 with Longmont in the mist of celebrating its centennial anniversary, SVHS decided to sponsor a special antique show/ flea market to accommodate the celebration. At this show, 45 antique/collectible dealers sharing 90 tables were packed into the very spot in the memorial Building at Roosevelt Park.
Today, Strawberry Festival has developed into a modern-day community tradition, attracting many from all across Colorado. Now held at the larger, more spacious Boulder County Fairgrounds, the show now boosts 80+ antique/collectible dealers from all around Colorado and surrounding states. Although Strawberries Romanoff is no longer on the menu, guests can still enjoy BBQ sandwiches as well as Strawberry Shortcake with freshly whipped cream donated by the Longmont Dairy.
Pumpkin Pie Days received its start in 1899. The pumpkin was chosen as it was one of the most out-of-the-ordinary crops that Longmont grew at the time.
The Longmont Driving Association, hosted the 1st Pumpkin Pie Days , as the horse races at Driving Park (today Roosevelt) was the primary entertainment of the festival. With canned pumpkin donated by Empson Cannery, the women of Longmont baked around 5,000 pies for this event!
From 1899 to 1914 Pumpkin Pie Days gained quite the reputation, becoming one of the premier celebrations of Colorado. Every year the celebration would grow bigger and the railroad lines serving Longmont would have to add two extra cars just to transport all the attendees who would come to Longmont!
Pumpkin Pie Days stopped in 1914 in favor of bringing the Boulder County Fair to Longmont, as it was believed that it would surpass Pumpkin Pie Days’ attendance. However, Pumpkin Pie Days was later brought back briefly during World War Two to help comfort, and revive a sense of tradition to residents in the face of the war.
Pumpkin Pie Days was revived in 1969 by SVHS as an antique show/ flea market fundraiser for SVHS . It was first held in the front yard of the Callahan House but later moved to the Memorial Building by Roosevelt Park. While small in comparison to 1899’s record for this event, about 200 homemade pumpkin pies were contributed to this newly revived event.
Today, Pumpkin Pie Days is now held at the Boulder County Fairgrounds and continues on in the form of an antique show, and is traditionally held the second weekend in October. The Pumpkin Pie Days of today boast around 80 dealers in antiques and collectables with thousands in attendance annually. At the Pumpkin Pie Days of today, guests can still enjoy a slice of pumpkin pie (with fresh whipped cream, thanks to the Longmont Dairy, a few are even still home baked by Longmont residents). Just as with the original Pie Days of the late 1800s and early 1900s Pumpkin Pie days continues to attract people from all over Colorado.
We are always looking for new antique and collecttibles dealers/vendors to participate in our shows! If you wish to join us, please fill out the following form and the show coordinator will be in contact with you soon. She is happy to help provide information about our shows, and answer any questions you may have.
The St. Vrain Historical Society, Inc.
1309 Hover Street
Longmont, CO 80501