Sugar Mound festival draws thousands of shoppers
Thousands of shoppers packed the Linn County Fairgrounds on Saturday and Sunday, Oct. 14-15, to buy a variety of items at the annual Sugar Mound Arts and Crafts Festival. (Photos by Roger Sims/Linn County Journal)
MOUND CITY – It was situation normal at Mound City this weekend. Shoppers flocking to the Sugar Mound Arts and Crafts Festival jammed the highways leading into the fairgrounds, people running food stands scurried to keep long wait lines moving, and crafts vendors were busy making sales.
The layout of the festival was different this year because problems with the indoor arena north of the rodeo arena was not available this year. But more vendor tents dotted the fairgrounds and the parking lots remained full through most of the time of the two-day event.
Nancy Ewing hands change to a customer at Centerville Community Church's walking taco stand as a line of customers waits to be served. The church's stand has been a crowd favorite for years.
Jayhawk-Linn High School, one of the bus shuttle stops for the festival, had a full parking lot as people waited to catch the buses or visited the Jolly Market Boutique shops set up in the gym and hallway.
Along the highways leading to the festival, vendors popped up hoping to lure shoppers into their yards or shops.
Vendors at the Jolly Market Boutique set up shop in the Jayhawk-Linn High School foyer and gym again this year.
Shops and restaurants in Mound City, some of them established and others pop-up, also did brisk business. Three Chicks and a Pony, an antique store, had visitors stop by and peruse their selection and making buys.
Joanna Cooke, a college student from Mound City, poses as Carissa Shillito, a Mound City-based artist and children's book author, sketches her portrait under the watchful eye of Jordyn Stears.