Published: May 11, 2004
Steve Jenkins of Jenkins Management has announced that he and his family have just concluded the $2.25 million purchase of the Farmington Polo Grounds, site of their Farmington Antiques Weekend twice each summer. The purchase had been rumored for more than a year, and, in fact, Jenkins said “the negotiations were protracted, over two year’s worth,” but on May 6 he and his sons concluded the agreement to complete the real estate settlement.
Jon Jenkins, the older son of Steve and Barbara Jenkins, said the family is “excited to have secured the long-term future of Farmington Antiques Weekend Shows by now owning the ground.” When they purchased the shows from the McInnis family four years ago, they only had tenuous lease rights to the property and could have lost the site of this 400- to 500-dealer event. Jon Jenkins added that they will be looking at improvements to the site to better serve the visiting public and dealers for this large antiques festival. He hopes to add permanent facilities to the 59-acre horse farm, which may include covered structures and rest rooms.
The equestrian activities will continue. The polo grounds and surrounding land have been an equestrian training site for several of the schools in the area, including Miss Porter’s School.
The next Farmington antiques show is June 12-13, and there is another show on Labor Day weekend, September 4-5. Conducted for more than 20 years, the show attracts dealers from all over the world, with an emphasis on early American style, country and Americana.
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