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‘Full-speed ahead’

JunqueFest returns in 2021 with large compliment of vendors

-Daily Freeman-Journal file photo Jacob Naatz, at left, and Ashley Jochum, both of Fort Dodge, look over some of the old cameras for sale at the 2018 JunqueFest in Webster City. The 2020 JunqueFest, originally moved from May to August, was canceled by the Chamber of Commerce. But the event that celebrates all things rusty, dusty and salvaged is back for 2021. JunqueFest will be held Friday and Saturday, May 28 and 29 at the Hamilton County Fairgrounds.

The celebration billed as the “best in all things rusty, dusty and salvaged” — JunqueFest — is back for 2021.

“We’re going full-speed ahead,” said Jen Peterman, executive director of the Webster City Area Chamber of Commerce, the group organizing the event.

The event, which was last held in 2019 in downtown Webster City, was canceled in 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

This year, the event is moving to the Hamilton County Fairgrounds and will be held rain or shine on Friday and Saturday, May 28 and 29.

“This year, we’ll have both indoor and outdoor vendor booths. We’re using three buildings and they’re already full. Outdoor spaces are also filling up, but we’ve got some room to expand if we need to,” Peterman said.

-Daily Freeman-Journal file photo Julie Peil, of Belmond, makes sure a portable manual typewriter is set out just so during the 2018 JunqueFest in Webster City at the Will and Way Salvage Booth.

She said there are many new and also many returning vendors. Shoppers will also find many options for food and drink.

“This year, we’ve added a family zone with entertainment both Friday and Saturday. The National Guard is bringing in their rock wall and we’ll have the Conservation Station from ISU Extension and Outreach,” she said.

On Saturday, naturalist John Laird will present a program and kids will have a chance to Touch a Truck.

Peterman said the air will be filled with music throughout the two-day event. Back Alley Jam is scheduled to perform on Friday, and on Saturday, Mojo Productions will entertain,

“There will be fun, good food and lots of vendors to check out,” Peterman said.

The cost of admission is $1 and those attending will receive a coupon book from the Webster City Area Chamber of Commerce. JunqueFest will be open May 28 from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. and Saturday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

JunqueFest is an enormous event and Peterman said volunteers are needed to help with many aspects of the weekend.

“We need people to help on Thursday with set up, and then people are also needed for Friday and Saturday,” she said. Volunteers will work two-hour shifts, according to Peterman. To volunteer, area residents can call the chamber office at 832-2564.

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