Summer Wade Fest is now in its 11th year, but was originally started because of our black standard poodle, Jenny Lind. We had exhibited at the first 3 Wade/Beam Fairs in 1996 Seattle, 1997 Wisconsin, and 1998 Buffalo, but the 4th Wade/Beam Fair in San Antonio was the same date as the Eastern U.S. Obedience Dog Show 1999. Previously in 1995, Jenny had tied for 1st place in Novice Division, competing against the best 75 dogs in the nation. As we knew she had the talent and it was to be held in our home town, York, we couldn't miss this show, even for the Wade Fair! Instead we decided to have a "Mini-Wade Fair", and also had the Wade poodle remade in black, named appropriately "Jenny", which was given free with admission. The "Mini-Fair" turned out to be quite successful and the only complaints were that it was too crowded! We therefore moved to the Radisson Hotel and Convention Center in Camp Hill/Harrisburg, Pa. where we have over 4,000 sq. feet of exhibitor room and more room for all the dealers and great Wade to fill it! Summer Wade Fest is the longest continually run Wade Show in the U.S. and now is the sole show in the U.S. which has only Wade for sale.
The International Wade Collectors Club supports our show each year with Jenny Wright, Collector's Club Manager, coming all the way from the U.K. with lots of merchandise, her popular "Bran Tub", and many items specially made for the Summer Wade Fest. We continue to welcome Mike Posgay and Ian Warner, authors of “The World of Wade” books each year. Collectors can observe as they research and photograph Wades for future reference and also graciously autograph books.
We have grown from a small crowded room with 20 tables of Wades for sale to a spacious air-conditioned center with over 80 tables filled with Wades from the foremost Wade dealers from across the U.S., Canada, and even England. The Summer Wade Fest attracts collectors from across the U.S., Canada and even the occasional Brit. There is a wide array of Wades for every level of collector, from beginning through advanced, from the common whimsie animal to the rare and elusive Wades. Just being able to see in person the variety and scope of Wade production over the years will make a trip worthwhile.