Planning begins for Junquefest 2018

Volunteers sought to help with annual event

Teams of volunteers are being organized and preliminary planning for JunqueFest 2018 has started. JunqueFest will be held over Memorial Day Weekend, May 25 to 27, 2018 and once again, located in downtown Webster City.

The show hours are as follows:

• Friday, May 25, 12 p.m. to 7 p.m.

• Saturday, May 26, 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.

• Sunday, May 27 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Streets will be closed to parking beginning mid-afternoon on Thursday, May 24.

For reasons of safety, the public is asked to refrain from visiting the vendors until the show begins at noon on Friday. The Retail Committee is planning a retail promotion during the event and wishes to encourage residents to visit local businesses as many will be open throughout the weekend and accessible from the parking in the rear of the stores as well as along the event route.

The area that will be closed is still being determined and will not be finalized until Mid-May. “We are currently working with City departments to set up in the best possible location regarding traffic flow, utilities and safety” said Chamber Director, Linda Christianson.

The area of the show is tentatively planned for the following areas:

• Second Street from Prospect Street to Seneca Street

• 600 and 700 block of Des Moines Street

• 600 and 700 block of Wilson Avenue

• 600 block of Seneca Street

“The show will feature the best in primitive, vintage, repurposed, yard art, rusty finds, architectural salvage, up-cycled items, painted products, hand-made items and more. There will be live entertainment each day and something new this year will be a food court with picnic table seating” says Kristen Crystal, First State Bank, event team leader and Chamber Board Member. There is still time to sign up to be a vendor with registration online at Show information and a running list of vendors is being added to the website as it comes available.

“It is our hope that this event will increase the awareness of what Webster City has to offer so more people will come back and bring their friends and family. Last year we had thousands of people come for the event and we had a lot of positive feedback about our businesses and a boost to our local economy” said Christianson.

The Chamber is requesting help from Webster City residents. “This is the largest event that the Chamber coordinates each year and we need your help. We are putting together a task list of things that need to be done prior to and during the event. Please consider giving some of your time to help us make this the best one yet,” said Vendor Coordinator and Chamber Board Member, Denise Smith from SOS Vintage.