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‘Antiques Roadshow’ coming to Bonanzaville

Visitors can examine items in the Furnberg Store during Pioneer Days at Bonanzaville in West Fargo. Forum file photo

Bonanzaville will host one of the most popular historical shows on television next summer.

This week, producers of “Antiques Roadshow,” which is the Public Broadcasting Service’s most-watched ongoing primetime series, announced it will visit Bonanzaville on Saturday, June 1, for an all-day appraisal event as part of the show’s 2019 production tour.

"We're excited to visit Fargo and experience such an exceptional location," Executive Producer Marsha Bemko said in a news release. "Filming at Bonanzaville will allow our cameras to blanket the property, capturing appraisals with the action of the event as a backdrop and, when possible, taking our audience 'backstage' to places the public isn't allowed or may miss seeing."

The show’s crew will visit five cities across the U.S. in 2019, creating three episodes from each city that will be aired in 2020 as part of the show’s 24th season.

At each appraisal event, about 3,300 ticketed guests can get free verbal evaluations of their antiques and collectibles from experts from the country's leading auction houses and independent dealers. Each guest can bring two items for appraisal.

Bonanzaville Special Events Coordinator Melissa Warren said the Pioneer Village has been working with the show in hopes it would make an appearance in North Dakota.

Bonanzaville has 43 historic buildings and more than 400,000 artifacts from Cass County’s history on its 12 acres in West Fargo.

Admission to the “Antiques Roadshow” event will be free, but tickets are required and must be obtained in advance. Fans can apply for a chance to receive one pair of free tickets per household.

The 2019 tour ticket application process opened Monday, Nov. 12. To enter the drawing for free tickets, go to pbs.org/roadshowtickets or call 888-762-3749. The deadline for applications is Feb. 11.

The show’s 2019 tour will also include stops in Phoenix; San Antonio, Texas; Sacramento, Calif.; and Winterthur, Del.

“Antiques Roadshow” airs locally at 7 p.m. Mondays on Prairie Public Television.

Wendy Reuer

Wendy reports for The Forum and West Fargo Pioneer, where she is also assistant editor. A University of Minnesota Morris graduate from North Dakota, Wendy started her career in television news and entertainment in Minnesota and at CBS in Television City, Calif. before working at newspapers in Minnesota and North Dakota. 

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