Junkstock to move spring show online

Posted at 9:05 PM, Apr 29, 2020
and last updated 2020-04-30 12:25:47-04

WATERLOO, Neb. (KMTV) -  — The Junkstock artisan craft show is another large event in Douglas County that's being impacted by COVID-19.

Organizers of the show host several shows a year, but for the first time, the event is going virtual due to the coronavirus.

"It's very weird at the farm. Sycamore Farm has been our home and it's always hustling and bustling but this year it's different," Junkstock co-organizer Danelle Schlegelmilch said.

Schlegelmilch says having to shut down their spring show hurts many of the small business owners they work with throughout the year.

"It's more important than ever to support small businesses," she said. "Junkstock is actually a small business too -- it's ran by Sara Alexander and her family so we're personally seeing impacts of not being able to host events but our vendors are really hurting too, because all of the events like Junkstock that they have are not happening."

Schlegelmilch says the traditional spring show will be rescheduled at a later date, when it's safer to gather in public.

But this weekend, Junkstock will host its show online.

The Junkstock Facebook page will be a one stop shop for people to purchase items from more than 50 vendors.

"You can just shop and support all the vendors which is the most important thing at this time," Schlegelmilch said. "They've had all their shows canceled and a lot of them depend on these kinds of shows for their income so we just wanted to do something to kind of help the vendors out in between when we can gather in person again."

And while it's not an ideal situation, organizers are optimistic about the future.

"It feels a little bit sad but we'll be back here before we know it," Schlegelmilch said..

The online edition of Junkstock runs May 1-3, you can find more details here.