A restored vintage fire truck will be displayed at the Greensburg Antiques Fair
Greensburg’s fourth annual Antiques on the Avenue will feature an array of vintage items for sale Saturday on South Pennsylvania Avenue.
Set from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., the antiques showcase will include dealers from Westmoreland, Somerset and Allegheny counties.
“It’s an eclectic mix,” said Amy Zimmerman, who organizes the show for the Greensburg Business and Professional Association. “We have dealers with vintage jewelry, kitchen collectibles and everything in between.”
New this year will be dealers specializing in Christmas collectibles and Civil War memorabilia. Booths will be set up in the Buncher parking lot, next to the Greensburg Post Office and along a nearby section of Pennsylvania Avenue.
Also new for the event, the Greensburg Volunteer Fire Department will display one of its vintage fire engines in the parking lot behind the Citizens Bank branch at West Fourth Street.
The restored 1949 Seagrave fire truck is part of a collection of vintage firefighting vehicles and equipment housed in the Departmental Museum behind City Hall, along with photos of past fires and trucks firefighters and scale models.
Originally purchased for $18,000, the truck was among the department’s main movers until 1963, when it joined units from 30 other companies to battle a January 28 fire that destroyed three buildings on the campus of Saint Vincent College in Unity.
The Seagrave truck continued to serve Greensburg as a rescue unit until 1970, according to Dick Johnson, deputy fire chief and vice president of the museum. Over the next few years he said: ‘The North Hempfield Fire Company used it. Then, in 1977, the community college used it in its firefighter training center. »
When the Greensburg Department purchased it as a museum piece, it was restored to Albion State Correctional Facility, west of Edinboro, Johnson said. Showcasing its original red and yellow paint scheme, it won a top prize at a recent Diocese of Greensburg car show, he said.
During the Antiques Fair, treats will be available at The Original Pie Shoppe in Laughlintown and Barry’s Italian Ice. Zimmerman also encourages those attending the show to check out downtown restaurants while in Greensburg.
With the show, she said, “We try to do our part in promoting shopping, restaurants, and people enjoying their day in Greensburg.”
Two antique stores in town will be open for browsing on Saturday: Yesterday’s RAVE on Highland Avenue, a co-sponsor of the show; and The Shepherd’s Keeper in Kinderhook on Maple Avenue, which is co-owned by Zimmerman.
The daughter of the late local antique dealer Richard Casteel, Zimmerman said: “The apple doesn’t fall far from the tree. I grew up surrounded by antiques; I could go antiquing 24/7.