'Roadshow' warrior? Check out the show in Knoxville

If you wonder if grandma’s silver platter is worth polishing or those childhood comic books are worth saving, you might want to make a $250 pledge of East Tennessee PBS.

The hit television show “Antiques Roadshow” comes to Knoxville July 13. A $250 pledge to ET PBS gets the donor a ticket to the “Roadshow” appraisal event at the Knoxville Convention Center.

Those wishing to make the pledge and get a ticket can do so at the website www.easttennesseepbs.org or by calling Individual and Corporate Giving Director Julie Cutaia, 865-595-0223. The deadline is July 9. About 300 tickets are left.

Some 7,000 people are expected to attend the July 13 event. Seventy expert appraisers who specialize in 20 categories will appraise items. They do not inspect coins, currency, tamps, vehicles or — just in case you happen to have one — glass fire extinguishers. They don’t appraise hazardous materials or explosives. Only unloaded firearms should be brought. No item may be bought or sold during the event.

Ninety people will be selected to have their appraisals filmed for possible inclusion in a future “Roadshow" program.

Participants also can talk about his or her “Roadshow” experiences; filmed segments selected from that booth may air as ending vignettes in “Roadshow” programs.

The Knoxville event will make up three shows in the “Roadshow” 2014 season. That season starts in January; when the Knoxville shows will air hasn’t been determined. About 10 million viewers watch a “Roadshow” episode.

This is the popular program’s first stop in Knoxville. “If you live in East Tennessee this is your one and maybe only time to be part of this event,” said East Tennessee PBS Director of Development Shane Rhyne.

A “Roadshow” ticket allows its owner to bring two items for appraisal. Objects should be items that can be carried and must fit through a standard door, said East Tennessee PBS Director of Community Engagement Amy Hubbard.

Doors open at 7 a.m. Some tickets are marked with times for their owners to come to the convention canter. People whose tickets have no time included may come whenever. The last ticket holder is expected to leave the convention center by 7 p.m.

Money raised through the “Roadshow” event goes to East Tennessee PBB programming and community engagement. “This is huge for us,” said Rhyne. “It’s a show that everybody likes to watch.”

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