Mid-America News - OCTOBER 2019





Annual Quilt Auction ready to go in Jamesport

"Hunter's Star" pattern quilt by Janet Wickell courtesy the sprucecrafts.com. For illustration purposes only.

One of the most anticipated events in Jamesport is the annual antique show and quilt auction, which is scheduled for Saturday, Oct. 12, beginning at 9 a.m. The doors open at 7 a.m. The quilts will be on display beginning Thursday, Oct. 10, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. and Friday, Oct. 11, 1-7 p.m. All activities will be at the A. V. Spillman Event Center, one block south of the downtown intersection. Visitors can purchase chances to enter a quilt raffle.

Jamesport is Missouri's largest Amish settlement and is also the largest Old Order Amish settlement west of the Mississippi. The town is full of antique shops, craft stores, bulk food stores and much more.

For more information call 660-684-6121 or go to the website www.jamesportmissouri.info


Nutcracker Gift Mart opens the holidays in
St. Joseph

A sample of hand-made items to be found at the Nutcracker Gift Mart. (photo courtesy Nutcracker Gift Mart)

The holiday season will get under way in St. Joseph, Oct. 26-27, when the Nutcracker Gift Mart opens at the St. Joseph Civic Area, 100 N. 4th Street. Shoppers will have the opportunity to shop from 160 gift boutiques. Organizers are still taking applications for vendors who would like to participate.

For more information call 816-676-1200 or visit the website, www.stjosephnutcracker.com.


Platte City prepares for Fall Antique Show

Booth from a previous year's show. (photo courtesy Platte City Antique Show)

The fall edition of the Platte City Antique Show will be held Oct. 19-20. More than 60 dealers of high-quality merchandise, such as this display from a previous show, will participate.

The show has moved to a new location, Platte City Middle School, 900 Pirate Dr. in Platte City. The show runs 9 a.m.-4 p.m. on Saturday and 11 a.m.-3 p.m. on Sunday. Admission is $4 for adults.
For additional information go to the website www.PCHSAntiques.com.



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Independence embraces the scary season with Neewollah

Old-fashioned Skee-Ball is just one of the attractions at the carnival during the Neewollah celebration in Independence. (photo courtesy Neewollah Committee)

Some communities merely endure Halloween. Then there's Independence, where residents have taken to immersing themselves all things "Halloween-y" during the last two weeks of October. One hundred years ago residents of Independence developed a family friendly way to celebrate the ghoulish day – they began the Neewollah (Halloween spelled backwards) Festival to keep energetic kids occupied. It has evolved over the years to include a marching band festival, parade, chili cook off, live music and an arts and crafts show.

The Neewollah Marching Festival is one of the longest running festivals in the state or area. In accordance with regulations approved by KSHSAA, we are able to offer to any band that wishes to compete for top honors, the opportunity to compete in the Best of Class category. 
The events begin on Oct. 18 and run through Oct. 26.

The arts & crafts show has been a mainstay of the Neewollah festival. Over the years bringing in high-quality hand-crafted items has been a priority. This is a great time to shop for Christmas. Unusual and distinctive crafts, framed artwork, and photos abound with 30- 35 booths downtown in the 100 block of East Myrtle.

The carnival runs for the entirety of the fest. The Bandstand features hometown and area talent as well as nationally known entertainers, evenings Wednesday-Friday and all day Saturday during Neewollah week. The Neewollah Marching Festival is one of the longest running festivals in the state or area.


100th anniversary for the Leavenworth Veterans Day Parade

(photo courtesy Leavenworth Veterans Day Committee)

Leavenworth will celebrate its 100th anniversary Veterans Day parade at 10:30 a.m. on Nov 11, the actual centennial of the ending of World War I. The Leavenworth parade is the oldest Veterans Day observance in the nation. Washington has deemed Leavenworth as the regional site for Veterans Day observances for the states of Kansas, Missouri, Iowa, Nebraska, Colorado and Nebraska.

For information on participating in the parade go to the website www.lvvetsparade.com. Look for extended coverage in next month's edition of Discover Vintage America.


Sugar Mound Art & Crafts Festival is a Linn County tradition

A vintage display from last year's Sugar Mound Arts & Crafts Festival. (photo courtesy Sugar Mound Chamber of Commerce)

Each year on the second weekend of October Mound City's population swells from about 1,000 people to 10,000, thanks to the work of Danny Smith of Pleasanton. As president of the Linn County Historical Society, he had the idea to of having an art show on the courthouse lawn, when the sugar maples were in full color.  He felt it would call attention to the graceful architecture of the lovely old building. 

That was the first Sugar Mound Arts and Craft Festival. The annual festivities have grown since that first day in 1971. This year's edition is set Oct. 12-13.
In the 45 years since that first day, The Sugar Mound Arts and Crafts Festival has gone from displaying art work by Linn County artists in the 4H building to utilizing all the buildings at the fairgrounds as well as opening space along the walkways for free-standing booths. 

"We now have over 400 booths displaying all types of hand-crafted items with exhibitors coming from Oklahoma, Arkansas, Nebraska, and Colorado and as far as California to join Kansas exhibitors of crafts and art work," organizers report. "We have a ratio of 75 percent returning vendors and 25 percent new vendors which gives a great variety to the show."  

To open the festivities a 5-K run will be held at 8 a.m. at Jayhawk Linn High School. Two Linn County High School seniors will receive scholarships that are funded by the proceeds. The scholarships are $500 per semester and may be received for eight semesters.

Promptly at 10 a.m. on Saturday, a large, colorful parade will step off on Main Street, adding to the color of the opening festivities. Throughout the weekend, visitors come to shop for craft and art work as well as to eat the taste tempting foods which are supplied by Linn County food booths.



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Clarinda Craft Carnival reaches its 60th year

You never know what you might find at the Clarinda Craft Carnival, such as these colorful glowing bottles. (photo courtesy Clarinda Craft Carnival)

The 60th Annual Clarinda Craft Carnival is one of the largest in the state of Iowa, featuring 480 booths with crafters from all over the Midwest. The event has grown large enough that this year's edition set for Oct. 19 will be in several locations around town, including the Page County, Clarinda Pavilion, Clarinda Academy Activity Building and Clarinda Lied Center Gymnasium. Shuttle buses will run between the sites.

Organizers say that crafters from the surrounding states of Nebraska, Kansas, Missouri and Wisconsin are scheduled to participate and will offer such merchandise as glassware, iron works, modern home décor items, garden art, stained glass, pottery, horseshoe art, barn wood furniture and much more. Plenty of food booths will feature home-made delicacies.

The Craft Carnival will be open 8 a.m.-4 p.m. For more information about participating as a vendor call 712-542-2166 or go to the website, www.clarinda.org.

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Pumpkin season is ongoing at Shepherd's Cross

Not all pumkins are orange. Join in the pumpkin fun this October at the Shepherd's Cross Farm near Claremore. (photo courtesy Shepherd's Cross)

Shepherds Cross, a working farm outside Claremore is hosting its Pumpkin Festival again this year, Sept. 24-Nov. 9, 9a.m. - 6:30 p.m. It is closed Sunday and Monday. The festival is more than a pumpkin patch, with plenty of family fun inside and out. Activities include hay maze, scarecrow making, hay rides, and a farm animal petting barn.

Shepherd's Cross is a Christian oriented not-for-profit operation. It accepts donations from visitors and uses the funds for local and international charitable purposes.

For more information, visit the website shepherdscross.com.


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