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a good tent man, and the White Tent, adjacent to the Rifle Hall, opened with 88 dealers to complement the 32 in the hall. After adding the Antique Annex on Highway 237, across from Festival Hill, and securing another venue at the Carmine Dance Hall, Turney bought land in 1995 and built the Big Red Barn. In 2005, she sold the venue to Susan Franks. Over 50 years ago, Festival Hill Institute and the Round Top Antiques Fair changed the small, laid-back town of Round Top forever. Flash forward half a century, and it remains a unique destination, a treasured getaway, and a town of magic memories. Antiques from around the world and classical concerts abound — but so does country air and a bucolic setting. For many, Round Top is still the next stop. been described as acoustically perfect. No other rural area in the United States is home to such a place. Antiquing We Go Round Top is synonymous with antiques fairs, attracting vendors and buyers from around the country, and contributes significantly to the unique character of the area. Pastures are tented and buildings refitted to accommodate the twice-yearly Round Top Antiques Show (a third smaller show occurs in winter), the largest fair of its kind in the country. Emma Lee Turney opened the first-rate Antiques Show in 1968 and chose the Round Top Schützen Verein (Rifle Hall Association) as the venue. Within a few years, with a waiting list of more than 80 dealers, she decided to find Festival Hill's Larry Birkelbach and James Dick draw plans in the dirt, circa 1970s. Round Top State Bank Round Top Inn, circa early 20th century (Continued from page 64) Round Top resident Sally Reynolds is the author of Round Top Next Stop: Celebrating 150 Years. 66

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