Repurposed Faire sign-ups underway

Wednesday, August 15, 2018

Fifth annual event to use new downtown pavilion

Registration is underway for the fifth annual Repurposed Faire in Monett, this year held on Front Street in Monett on Aug. 25 and 26, incorporating for the first time the Jerry D. Hall Pavilion and the Glen and Sharon Garrett Park.

Growing each year, the Repurposed Faire focuses on vendors who both supply materials for transforming older objects into new creations, but also selling vintage materials for others to use and up cycled products reflecting the transformation. Also featured will be crafts, kids activities, live music, a car show and food trucks.

The festival will be held from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday, Aug. 25, and 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Sunday, Aug. 26.

Last year, more than 100 vendors participated.

Booth space 10-feet-by-10-feet is available for $65, plus a door prize to be given away during the event. A registration form is available online at the festival’s Facebook page. Electricity is available in all locations for an additional $15.

The pavilion, holding 36 vendors, is already full, said Cherie Davidson, co-chairperson with Ann Saunders. There is additional space in the Glen and Sharon Garrett park for 40 more booths, and they are expected to fill up as well. Vendors are asked to bring their own tents to cover their operation. Space will be available on the south side of Front Street, but the large tent used in previous years will not be in place.

Vendor space is still available and may be reserved by calling Ann Saunders at 417-489-0639 or via email at Food trucks are especially wanted.

Back again this year will be TV personality Jeremy Rabe, “the FYI Guy,” from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday. He may tape some of his appearance for broadcast. Rabe promotes repurposing and has called the faire tailor-made for crafting and the transformative activities he advocates.

According to Davidson, the faire will remain an outdoor event. Concessions and food trucks will be available.

Live music will be performed from a temporary stage on the north side of the pavilion. Live entertainment on Saturday will include Robin’s Hood, Kaitlyn Carlson, Uke 66 and the Shanties. On Sunday, Screendoor Serenade, David Hinson and Karmen DePriest will perform, along with a fashion show and a pet show.

A car show will be set up on Front Street. Dutch oven cooking and a blacksmith demonstrations will also be featured.

“This year’s festival will be bigger and better,” DePriest said. “Come enjoy and fun. Listen to some great music. There should be something for everyone.”

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