May 26 through 28 JunqueFest will return to downtown Webster City. Join in the fun looking for that perfect item you just MUST have, eat fabulous food and listen to live music! The scene is set for downtown Webster City from Prospect and 2nd Street east to Seneca and then south on Seneca to 1st Street. The official hours for JunqueFest are Friday 12 to 7 pm, Saturday 9 am to 6 pm and Sunday 9 am to 3 pm.
Friday night, from 8 to midnight, come to the Street Dance in front of Seneca Street Saloon and listen to Iowa’s own Farm Rock perform. Admission is only $5. The band is well known for its 4 hour plus shows without a break often leading late into the night and always on key.
Farm Rock was formed in 2011 as a top 40 Country Rock act playing well know original songs and the all around radio experience. Current members include Veteran Nashville performer and frontman Kendall Obermier, Lead Guitar player Ryan Van Arkel, Bass Player Dan Calvert and drummer Jeff Rients. Live sound provided by Keven Obermier and the digital experience.. The band always has a big schedule up and coming with clubs Fairs and signature clubs around the region. Members of Farm Rock have played many times with country greats like Jason Aldean, Eric Church, Brad Paisley Phil Vassar and many others.
Local businesses that are making this concert possible are Webster City Area Chamber of Commerce, Hawkins Industries, Neighborhood Realty, Peterson Construction, inTANDEM Marketing LLC, Seneca Street Saloon and Groves and Chizek Law Office.
Saturday afternoon from 1 to 4 pm and Sunday 10 am -2 pm Bill Robb and CPR, local favorites, will be playing live in the Availa Bank Plaza. Bill and the boys bring years of experience and lots of country, rock and gospel music for your listening enjoyment. Often you’ll see them invite well known singers in the area to sit in and join in the music. Ricky Nelson will join them again this year for some great musical entertainment.
Food and Wine Downtown
Backcountry Winery, Soldier Creek Winery and TownsEnd Winery will all be on site for JunqueFest sampling their wares. Outdoor food vendors include HyVee Grill, Mornin’ Glory, Sweet Treats, Grid Iron Grill, Cloud 9 Cotton Candy and The Magic Bus. We expect to add to this list as well.
Vendors and Entertainment
Over 50 vendors have applied and been confirmed. They are coming from all over: South Dakota, Minnesota and Iowa. You’ll be able to find vintage treasures, handmade fun, rustic items, yard art, painted products, architectural salvage, repurposed and recycled fun things – just to name a few. Every vendor is listed on the website at www.junquefest.com and this list grows daily. There will also be a live welding demonstration by Daven the Welder on Des Moines Street.
Legacy Learning Boone River Valley will have the ArtSpace at 531 2nd Street open for visits with the Artist in Residence. The Webster Theater will be hosting a matinee on Saturday at 2 pm, providing a perfect opportunity to drop off the kids and do a little junqueing. Allen Mendenhall will be providing dj services throughout the weekend on 2nd Street.
Maps, Parking and Streets Information
Streets will be closed Thursday through Sunday. Thursday is set up day and you can look for over 60 vendors to come to town and get situated on our downtown streets. Stores will still be open regular hours and we encourage people to shop, people watch or volunteer to help with set up. The scene is set for downtown Webster City from Prospect and 2nd Street to Seneca and south on Seneca to 1st Street.
Parking will be reserved for vendors on the North side of SOS Vintage, in the city lot on 1st Street just east of pHairyTales and in the city hall parking lot. Parking for the public will be in the parking lots on the north side of 2nd street (behind the stores), by the middle school, and on the surrounding streets.
Maps of the vendor and food/wine setup will be posted online in the first week of May and available at the Chamber office.