“Antiques Roadshow” is coming to Virginia Beach this summer, making its first stop in Hampton Roads in the program’s two-decade history.
The show will visit the Virginia Beach Convention Center on June 25 for an all-day appraisal event, according to an announcement from WGBH Boston, which produces the show. The action will be recorded and made into three one-hour episodes for broadcast in 2017 during the program’s 21st season.
Virginia Beach is one of six cities on the program’s 2016 tour and the only stop in the mid-Atlantic region. Hampton Roads’ WHRO is a partner in the event.
“WHRO Public Media is delighted that ANTIQUES ROADSHOW is coming to Hampton Roads,” WHRO’s President and CEO Bert Schmidt said in a release. “With our region’s rich history, vibrant culture and deep connections to the military, we know our viewers will be bringing family treasures for appraisal that will captivate a national audience.”
Tickets to the June 25 are free but will be awarded through a lottery system. Fans can apply, beginning now, for a chance to receive one pair of tickets per household. “Antiques Roadshow” expects 10,000 to 30,000 people to apply for the 5,000 available tickets.
Each guest can bring two items. Specialists will value and appraise the items for free.
In the show, experts appraise and discuss items that range from family heirlooms to yard sale purchases. It is the most-watched ongoing primetime series on PBS, according to WGBH. About 8.5 million people tuned into the show each week in 2015.
Furniture submissions are also being sought for appraisal. The pieces that are selected will be transported at no cost to the owner.
Interested parties can apply for tickets here, before the April 18 deadline. Viewers can watch the Antiques Roadshow on WHRO on Mondays at 8 p.m.