Cottonwood Market Days debuts this weekend

It's a new date, a new location and a new name, but this weekend's Cottonwood Market Days still has some of the same features as the old Cottonwood Festival.

"We want it to be a market of lots of different opportunities and events for people to experience," said organizer Donna Hastings.

Cottonwood Market Days is a spin-off of the old Cottonwood Festival that was held annually in June for more than 20 years at Brickyard Park.

Meanwhile, Cottonwood Market Days will be held downtown from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday and 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday.

"We want the feel to be somewhat like the Haymarket in Lincoln on Saturday fame day with all kinds of vendors, music and food," Hastings said.

The market area will be in the city/county parking lot at Third Street and Hastings Avenue where there will be nearly 50 vendors.

"They are just a hodgepodge — an eclectic mix of all kinds of vendors," Hastings said.

The vendor booths include arts and crafts, homemade goods, food and produce, commercial vendors and even some booths that feature kids activities like pumpkin painting, mask making and cake decorating.

There are also workshops being offered for learning how to paint with watercolor and to make a tie-dyed silk scarf with markers.

Shuttles leaving from the lot will also take guests on a historical home tour, to a bird watching event or to the Adams County Cemetery Walk at Parkview Cemetery.

The cemetery walk is in its third year and gives guests the chance to see some of the cemetery's unique residents come to life to share their stories through the work of Hastings Community Theatre members.

One throwback from the Cottonwood Festival will be the return of the Stage on the Green, which will be on the grassy area east of the City Auditorium.

The stage will feature the Cottonwood's Got Talent competition along with performances by Streetside, a musical group with longtime connections to the Cottonwood Festival.
Hastings said the group started as a capella but has since added some instruments and also performs music from the 1950s and 1960s.

"They are really, really excellent and have fun audience participation," Hastings said.
Also performing on the Stage on the Green will be Soca Jukebox, which has a bit of a Caribbean feel.

"We're trying to work with various groups to make this an eclectic mix of different things to do," Hastings said .

Admission to the Cottonwood Market Days is free with fees for some activities and programs.

For more information, visit www.cottonwood-festival.org.

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