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Nothing spoils the experience of antique shopping quite like modern surroundings. You just can't get a good feel for aged thingamajigs, knick-knacks and what-nots in a quick-assembled, nondescript structure from 1980-something — you need to be in an old place, a place that feels like an antique itself. And that's where nearby Maeystown, Illinois, comes in. This entire town is on the National Register of Historic Places, and it's holding its annual Fruehlingsfest Antique & Garden Show today from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Browse the goods for sale courtesy of the more than 40 regional dealers, check out the nineteenth-century structures that are part of this German town, and fest it up with kettle corn, funnel cakes, potato pancakes, bratwurst, wine and strawberry shortcake. For more information about the spring fest or for directions to this postage-stamp-size, postcard-perfect town, visit or call the Corner George Inn at 618-458-6660.
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