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The Lambda Eta chapter of the national Delta Theta Tau service sorority is hosting its 50th anniversary antique show fundraiser.

The event will be 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday at the Johnson County Fairgrounds. Tickets cost $2.50 in advance by calling 736-9680 or $3 at the door. Homemade soups, sandwiches and desserts will be served all day.

Organizer Sara Petersen answers some questions.

How did the show start in 1963?

A mother and daughter decided that it would be a good fundraiser. The mother organized everything in the kitchen. Her daughter took charge of getting the dealers to attend. It did so well that it became a yearly event.

What do the proceeds go toward?

We try to net at least $3,000 to pay the entirety of our college scholarships, which are awarded to three Johnson County high school seniors. If their grades stay good, the scholarship is renewed until they graduate from college. They get $1,000 apiece each year.

Why is this year’s show special?

I think it’s the friendships at the show. People who don’t see each other any other time — they may be from different communities, but they run into each other at the show — they’ll start up a conversation like they did the year before. There are dealers who’ve done the show for longer than we’ve been here. It’s a time for them to get together and renew friendships too.

What kinds of antiques are for sale?

A lot of primitive antiques, some glassware, tools, jewelry. We try to get a good variety. We’ve been called the gem of Indiana by an antique publication. It’s not a flea market at all. It’s all antiques, and it is juried.

What other types of philanthropic efforts does the sorority support?

We give money to several national organizations, including organizations that support Parkinson’s disease and Down syndrome charities. We give to nursing homes. If there’s a family in the community with an illness, we’ll try to donate gas cards. We also adopt a family at Christmas time and try to buy gifts, and supply them with a holiday meal for Thanksgiving and Christmas.

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