Midwest Junkfest is just around the corner and the inaugural event appears to be shaping up well.

Chestnut Avenue Venue bridal fair

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Organizers Jamie Sobanek, of Belle Plaine, and Courtney Potucek, of Derby, are excited for the upcoming event and the participation they have seen so far.

The event originally was set to take place in Augusta, but due to a scheduling conflict, it was moved it to Chestnut Avenue Venue.

Sobanek was familiar with the venue from when she looked at it for her wedding.  It is located at 3120 E. Chestnut Ave. in Parkerfield.

“Ark City has been so welcoming,” she said.

She and Potucek were able to change the venue, and from there everything “fell into place.”

A Junkfest is born

The women had worked together prior to starting the Junkfest, when Sobanek was planning her wedding.

Potucek provided Sobanek’s wedding with some of the décor used during the event through her company, Owl That Glitters.

The company specializes in vintage re-purposed goods, custom painting, handcrafted furniture and home décor.

Midwest Junkfest was born of a desire to feature unique companies and their products, from furniture and clothing to lawn iron to home décor, in a fun environment.

“We want to (help) the handcrafters, artists and small businesses to be able to showcase their goods,” Sabonek said.

The intention is for the Junkfest to have a retro road-trip vibe.

Larger than Kansas

The duo anticipates there could be as many as 5,000 people interested in the event before it takes place Aug. 3-5.

Midwest Junkfest

“Come out and enjoy three fun-filled days of dust, rust, and wanderlust,” the ladies posted recently on Facebook.

“There will be lots of good tunes, good eats and even better junk!”

So far, vendors are coming from as far away as Arkansas, Missouri, Nebraska, Oklahoma and Texas. They will set up inside and outside during the event.

There will be picnic tables, a misting tent and food vendors on hand to provide the opportunity to purchase refreshments. “The heat shouldn’t be a deterrent,” Potucek said.

Those who intend to purchase large items at Junkfest can bring their trailers along.

There will be plenty of parking available, as well as a loading lane near the building.

Three days of awesome

Wristbands good for all three days of the event can be purchased in advance at 1025 The River, located at 106 N. Summit St., and the Arkansas City Area Chamber of Commerce, located at 106 S. Summit St.

Aug. 3 festivities, which will take place from 4 to 9 p.m., include live music provided by the Adam Capps Band. There also will be a cash bar. The event will be open from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Aug. 4. On Aug. 5, the hours will be from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Admission for the entire weekend is $10 per adult, while Aug. 4 tickets are $5.

Children younger than 12, military veterans and first responders will be admitted for free with identification.

Sobanek and Potucek can be contacted at midwestjunkfest@gmail.com.