Antiques Roadshow heading to Baton Rouge

Baton Rouge will be one of eight cities on the 2013 ‘Antiques Roadshow’ summer tour, Louisiana Public Broadcasting officials announced Monday.

The popular Public Broadcasting Service show, which is viewed by 10 million people per episode, will take over the River Center on July 27 for the taping of three episodes of the show, said Beth Courtney, president and CEO of Louisiana Public Broadcasting.

In each hour-long episode, specialists from the country’s leading auction houses — Bonhams and Butterfields, Christie’s, Doyle New York, Skinner and Sotheby’s — and independent dealers from across the nation offer free appraisals of antiques and collectibles, according to the show’s website.

There will be 6,000 free tickets available for the event, Courtney said. Tickets will be awarded in pairs through a lottery system, she said. People can request or fill out a ticket application on the show’s website at http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/roadshow/tickets.html.

The Baton Rouge shows will be part of Antiques Roadshow’s 18th season, which will begin airing in January 2014.

“I am excited about coming to Baton Rouge,” said Marsha Bemko, the show’s executive producer.

Baton Rouge has never hosted the show before, Bemko said. The last time the show visited Louisiana was in 2002, when it made a stop in New Orleans, according to a news release from LPB.

Bemko said Baton Rouge is a logical fit to the show’s 2013 calendar.

“We want to make sure that we are in different regions of the country,” she said. “It works out perfectly.”

The production could pull interested people from Texas and Mississippi, Bemko said.

Getting the show to visit Baton Rouge was a big win for the city, Mayor-President Kip Holden said.

“We are in the big leagues now with this show,” he said. “I don’t think you can put a price tag on it because of the people it will reach.”

Visit Baton Rouge President Paul Arrigo said getting the production was the result of years of effort.

“Visit Baton Rouge has been pursuing the opportunity to host ‘Antiques Roadshow’ for 15 years,” he said, describing himself as “beyond ecstatic.”

According to information provided by WGBH, the public television station that produces “Antiques Roadshow,” the show will spend about $200,000 while it is in town, and 42 percent of the people attending the show will stay at least one night in a hotel.

In addition to the ticketed attendees, the show will require approximately 120 volunteers to help it execute the July 27 event, Bemko said. The volunteers will come from Friends of LPB, said Phillip Juban, vice chairman of the nonprofit.

Also, the show will conduct a “Roadshow Furniture Roundup.”

“In each city on our upcoming tour, we’re looking for a few pieces of furniture to appraise and display on the set. If yours is selected, we’ll transport it to the event and back at no cost to you,” according to the show’s website.

Only large pieces of furniture within 50 miles of Baton Rouge will be considered. Full rules for the roundup can be found at the show’s website.

The Baton Rouge stop is part of an expansion of the tour from six cities to eight, Bemko said.

‘Antiques Roadshow’s’ 2013 stops and dates include:

  • Detroit, June 1
  • Jacksonville, Fla.: June 8
  • Anaheim, Calif.: June 22
  • Boise, Idaho: June 29
  • Knoxville, Tenn.: July 13
  • Baton Rouge: July 27
  • Kansas City, Mo.: Aug. 10
  • Richmond, Va.: Aug. 17