Some see junk, others see treasure

Thousands of people are expected to come out to buy vintage, salvaged and crafted items and enjoy entertainment at JunqueFest in Webster City this weekend.

Mike Constant, who created the Iowa Antique Network and is one of several JunqueFest organizers, said the event will feature vendors selling a wide variety of things that fall under the label of “junk.” Despite the connotation the word carries, Constant said there will include many interesting things to buy. He knows vendors who deal mainly with barn wood and repurpose the material and craft it into hutches, bookshelves, and picture frames. Others take items like vintage dressers and fix them up with the addition of chalk paint to make the old item look new.

JunqueFest visitors will be able to browse and buy from 52 vendors who will be attending. Deb Brown, Webster City Area Chamber of Commerce executive director, said she and other organizers had hoped to host about 25 vendors for the inaugural event. However, they’ve doubled that amount.

“I’ve been traveling around a bit and everyone knows about it,” Brown said. “It’s very exciting.”

Webster City was thought to be an ideal location for such an event. Constant said, through the Iowa Antique Network and advertising, they’ve been able to reach out to many people in preparation for this weekend. Right now, Brown said she expects over 3,000 people to visit Webster City for JunqueFest if the weather continues to be favorable.

This weekend’s festivities will include more than just shopping. Live music is planned for each day of JunqueFest with a focus on country. Adam Lee, who performed at Summer Nights last year, will return on Friday to play a variety of country and rock music. John Hemingway and friends will jam on Saturday to the tune of bluegrass and country. On Sunday, Bill Robb will perform country gospel music with his guitar and harmonica.

While browsing vintage items for sale, festival attendees can enjoy some vintage films featuring a local movie star. The Superman Fan Club of Woolstock will be hosting a George Reeves Superman movie marathon. Brown said that Reeves is the great-grandson of Wilson Brewer and the films are a great tie-in to the festivities at Wilson Brewer Park.

Additionally, JunqueFest will have cotton candy, popcorn, demonstrations and face painting available.

“It’s going to be a great place for the whole family to spend some time this weekend,” Brown said.

There is no charge to attend. For more, go online to