The Gathering on the Prairie and The Homesteaders on the Prairie Antique weekends On the FIRST Weekend of March and the SECOND weekend of November, Antiques and primitives dealers gather in Arthur at the fairgrounds for a special show. It is safe to say that this show is the finest country antiques show in downstate Illinois. High quality vendors and high quality, first class items attract people, literally, from all over the country, to Arthur for this show. Dealers specializing in early Americana Country Primitives, Country Furniture, Kitchen Antiques, Early Lighting, Textiles, Stoneware, Tin ware, Folk Art, Baskets, woodenware and so much more fill the buildings. Early Pickin's are available on Friday evening from 5 to 8pm with the main event being on Saturday from 9am to 3pm Usually this weekend brings 100 or more, top quality, vendors into multiple antique venues in and around Arthur.