Seventeenth Annual Fruelingsfest

Maeystown, IL, will host its annual Fruehlingsfest antique and garden show on Sunday, May 8, 2018. The show, which begins at 9 a.m. and ends at 4 p.m., will take place around the stone mill in the heart of town. Maeystown, located only 30 minutes from St. Louis, is one of a handful of towns in Illinois that is listed, in its entirety, on the National Register of Historic Places. The Fruehlingsfest will feature unique antiques from some of the finest dealers in the Midwest. In addition, various local nurseries will be selling annuals, perennials and herbs. "The Maeystown Fruehlingsfest is permanently on my calendar," says Gail Andrews a Kirkwood antique dealer. "We look forward to it every year, and I wouldn't think of missing it.  It's a unique, entertaining day in a beautiful setting - appealing to hardened collectors and casual antique buffs alike, or for those just looking for an enjoyable way to spend a Sunday. This show, held rain or shine on the first Sunday in May, has rapidly become one of the best and most highly anticipated antique shows in the Midwest. "It's amazing how the Fruehlingsfest has become a full-day's destination and event," says John Rehling, an antique dealer. "At most antique shows, people arrive early, shop quickly, and leave for other events. At the Fruehlingsfest, people tend to arrive early, shop leisurely, and stay the entire day to soak up the Maeystown magic. They relax at the wine garden, walk the creek, explore the town, and revisit the show to see the new items dealers bring out throughout the day." The event is free, so attendees can check out the show as often as they like. A variety of food will be offered at Fruehlingsfest, including bratwurst, barbecue, potato pancakes, strawberry shortcake and more. A creek-side wine garden will also be featured. For more information, contact Christy Muertz at or visit

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