Antiques Roadshow visits Churchill Downs

By Jackie Reau, Publisher/Editor


The Antiques Roadshow dropped into historic Churchill Downs in Louisville on Tuesday to inspect some 1,700 items ranging from clocks to paintings and collectibles over 12 hours.

A few dozen appraisers were set up in the famous paddock area where the Kentucky Derby hopefuls wait each year to race for their two minutes of fame. Appraisers are also on the clock at the event to find the next masterpiece as they greet hundreds organized by category of their items.

As the VIP guest of appraiser of Graydon Sikes of Everything But The House, our group enjoyed the entire experience from start to finish. Sikes was just coming from the set to introduce his “masterpiece find,” a Picasso work on paper that had the proper authentication. We should see this reveal on an upcoming episode of Antiques Roadshow.

The PBS set up utilized the Churchill Downs facility as a beautiful backdrop for the event as the facility was open to tour from the sandy track, Millonaire’s Row, the U.S. Bank Lending Office and of course, the Churchill Downs Shop. 

The PBS crew, a mix of professionals and volunteers, creates a welcoming and engaging event for all who attend. Before the Louisville visit, the tour visited Sarasota, Florida and Tulsa, Oklahoma.

The Tour Continues, but…

There are two more stops on the 2018 tour, which is currently sold out to those wishing to have their items inspected by appraisers.

However, from now until May 24, through the "Knock Our Socks Off!" application process for the Jun eevent in Rochester, Michigan, PBS is inviting fans to submit up to 200 words telling the unique story of their favorite antique item, and one or more images of their item, for consideration by ANTIQUES ROADSHOW producers. Up to 100 applicants will be selected to receive a free pair of tickets each to the event in Rochester, Michigan, on Thursday, June 14, 2018. Items and stories that particularly pique the interest of our producers will be selected. Selected applicants will be notified by May 31, 2018. See the Complete Rules to learn more.

Here are the last two stops:

May 29: San Diego, California
Event information here.

June 14: Rochester, Michigan
Event information here.
If you are an Antiques Roadshow groupie like me, start planning your 2019 strategy by signing up for their email on their website.