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Cider Days Festival Coming to Historic Walnut Street This Weekend

This weekend marks the 14thAnnual Cider Days Festival held in downtown Springfield. KSMU’s Rebekah Clark strolled down to Walnut Street, where she sat down on a bench with event coordinator Sarah Hough to find out what this year’s Cider Days will bring.

“Already, Springfield’s Historic Walnut Street is showing small signs of fall. Leaves scatter the ground as the mid-afternoon sun slowing sinks into the sky. I’m standing here with Sarah Hough, who works with the Urban District Alliance, and helps manage the festival. She has details on what you can expect at this year’s event.”

“Cider Days, the basis of it is arts and crafts festival, so we want to showcase the arts and crafts of the Ozarks region. We’ll have about 80 different craft booths at the festival; we’ve got three performing stages that are filled with performers, like Springfield Little Theater, other local groups, all local performers.” 

Artists and crafters from across the region exhibit handmade products, like jewelry, pottery, glass, woodwork, and furniture, and of course, real apple cider.

Many artists have been contributing to the festival since it began. One returning favorite, Mary Guccione, hand paints personalized pumpkins at her booth, “The Funky Pumpkin.” Hough encourages visitors to check hers out, along with others. 

The festival will also include a free children’s area with inflatables and face painting.  And, Hough says, there’s something new this year.

“We’ve partnered Price Cutter Bistro Market and Ozarks Food Harvest this year, we’re hosting a food drive, which is something we’ve never done at the festival before. I don’t know if it’s going to be an activity that draws people to the festival, but we think it’s a great way to give back.”

Hough also said that she expects over 15,000 people during the two day event. The festival starts at the intersection of National and Walnut and stretches all the way to John Q. Hammons Parkway.

“If you want more information about the event, we’ll have a schedule of the performances, a list of the artists, you can see if your favorite artists is going to be there, online at itsalldowntown.com, or you can call our office, it’s 417-831-6200.”

For more information, you can visit our website, KSMU.org.

For KSMU News, I’m Rebekah Clark.

 

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