When the Coffs Harbour Collectors Club Annual Fair opens this Saturday at the Norm Jordan Pavilion, it will have in its midst Australia's best-known antiques identity.
Alan Carter has been at the forefront of the antiques publishing industry for more than thirty years, but this is his first time taking a stand at the Coffs Collectors Fair.
He's here to promote a separate event that's taking place in July - and is something of a coup for the Coffs coast.
Alan has published more than 50 books on antiques and collectables, run a national Giant Antiques Fair circuit for six years and has presented more than 20 DVDs on antiques and collectables. He also hosted 52 episodes of the ABC Treasure Hunt series.
And in July, he's teaming up with another major antiques identity - the UK's Eric Knowles from BBC TV's Antiques Roadshow (as well as a number of other UK TV programmes currently screening) to present a one-off show at the C-Ex Club here in Coffs.
The Eric and Alan Touring Roadshow is presenting only seven shows, with Coffs Harbour being one of only four rural towns they have chosen to visit.
"We absolutely love Coffs Harbour," says Alan. "It has some of the most spectacular scenery I have seen in the world, and I can't wait to show it off to Eric Knowles when he's up here for the show. Everyone in Coffs is always so friendly and hospitable that I know we'll be able to show him a terrific time."
The Eric and Alan Touring Roadshow kicks off in Coffs Harbour on July 4.
Alan is attending this weekend's Coffs Harbour Collectors Club Annual Fair at the Showground to promote the event to local collectors.
Coffs Harbour Collectors Club Annual Fair is organised by the Coffs Harbour Collectors Club to raise money each year to donate to local charities. In 2014 the Coffs Harbour Collectors Club gave away $7000 to local worthy causes, and in the last six years it has given more than $28,000 to charities in the Coffs Harbour district.
The Coffs Harbour Collectors Club Annual Fair is on this weekend at the Norm Jordan Pavilion - entry $5 per person.