Fall is right around the corner, and locals are gearing up for the return of Cider Days on Historic Walnut Street.
“Cider Days is an annual arts and crafts festival,” said Jeff Kessinger, downtown Springfield association communication manager. “We try to bring in some of the best artists and crafters in the region.”
The Cider Days festival was almost lost to the pandemic again this year, but the Downtown Springfield Association decided to continue with the festival.
“It’s been a rough couple years for everybody,” Kessinger said. “With these artists, this (art) is their livelihood and they missed out on a lot of festivals last year.”
Creating a safe environment for these artists and community members while still showcasing a good time is exactly what the DSA plans to do.
When attending Cider Days, people can expect to see social distanced booths, hand sanitizing stations and mask recommendations, according to Kessinger.
There will be vendors providing everything from pottery, to stained glass, to paintings.
There will be multiple food options including Pineapple Whip, Greek Belly, Mountain Home Kettle Corn and much more.
While grabbing a snack at the festival, feel free to check out one of the three stages that will host performances from local performers such as Princesses of the 417, The Bridgetones and even the Central High School Choir.
Cider Days will take place Sept. 18-19 from 10 a.m.- 5 p.m.
To help with social distancing and crowd size, tickets will be sold in flights from 10 a.m.-1 p.m. or 1 - 5 p.m.
Tickets are $5 in advance and at the gate. Children 10 and younger get in free.
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