Oregon Trail Days seeks vendors for July 19-20 festival

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OREGON, Ill. — Plans for the Fifth Annual Oregon Trail Days Festival are moving forward at a rapid pace … the Native Americans are booked, cowboys are raring to go, and the Rugged River Run is finalized.

The 2014 festival will be an exciting one with the restoration of the Black Hawk Statue getting under way. The festival committee is working on lining up merchandise, food vendors and demonstrators. Crafters, artisans, demonstrators, restaurants, not-for-profits and Pioneer re-enactors are invited to be involved in the two-day event, being held July 19 and 20.

Space is available for individuals who produce artwork, jewelry, clothing, organic products, metal works, soaps, honeys and demonstrators of the Native American and Pioneer time periods on Saturday and Sunday at Lowden State Park.

While the festival committee prefers items that are Native American and Western-themed, we are opening the vending area up to homemade items, as long as they are American-made,” said committee member Amy Trimble. “We are really looking to increase our vendor area in an effort to enhance the visitor experience.”

Trimble also said people who make products such as brooms, rope, woodcrafts and other heirloom products would be welcome.

The Oregon Trail Days Festival is interested in helping other organizations benefit from the festival and the many tourists who will be in town during the event. Therefore, proceeds earned by vendors can be kept as a fund-raising activity.

The Festival Committee has the right to refuse any item that does not follow the theme of the festival or is a duplicate of another vendor.

All vendor registration is available by calling (815) 238-8672 or e-mailing amytrimble5@gmail.com. Forms are also available on the website at www.oregontraildays.org.

Posted June 18, 2014

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