WATERLOO, Neb. (KMTV) — Junkstock at Sycamore Farms is back this weekend for its spring festival. This year’s event marks Junkstock’s 10-year anniversary.
Due to the pandemic, last year's spring festival had to be reimagined and they decided to host it online.
"We got everyone connected to our vendors through our website so people could still shop and help support our vendors while they weren’t able to do a show. And last summer and fall we were able to have some shows with some modifications and extra hand sanitizing and masks and the barriers and all those things. It’s been kind of a new adventure for us," said Danielle Schlegelmich, director of marketing for Junkstock.
They did have a fall edition in-person last year but representatives say now, people feel a bit more comfortable being outside and they're able to have all their 200 vendors back.
"We are so excited to get back to the roots of Junkstock. It’s the community, getting to meet with all of our favorite people who we get together with a few times a year. The vendors are like family at this point after 10 years, we’re so grateful to get together and have those in-person connections again. You don’t realize how much you miss it until you’re isolated and at home," Schlegelmich said.
Vendors are also excited to get back, especially since the event brings in so many people and a good amount of customers. Mike Brown, the owner of Rustic Industrial, has been hosting a tent at Junkstock for the past seven years. He says that while the customers the festivals bring are great, he really comes back every year from his hometown because of the environment.
"Of course the sales are a good thing. But the people in the Omaha area, and they come from North Platte and Kansas City and Iowa, and everyone is so friendly and down to earth. It makes it inviting to come back again," Brown said.
This year's spring festival will be hosted during two weekends, April 30 - May 2 and May 7 - May 9. They decided to add a second weekend this year to allow people to be more spread out and to help vendors who haven't been able to sell at many shows due to the pandemic.
3 News Now reporter Alyssa Curtis has more in the above video.
If you want to buy tickets or see a list of vendors, visit https://www.junkstock.com/.