Cider Days celebrates 24 years of local arts, crafts, food and music

The smell of fried apple donuts and the sound of live local music filled the air along historic Walnut Street on Saturdays for the opening cider days.

This year’s two-day fall festival celebrates its 24th anniversary, featuring artisans, local nonprofits, food trucks, and live entertainment.

This year’s festival is China McDonald’s first as a co-vendor. MacDonald is an elementary school art teacher during the day and a potter at night. People can find a range of pottery items in the McDonald’s tent, including plates, mug, and magnets.

MacDonald said she traditionally sells her business at the farmers’ market in the Ozarks, but has been “stocking” pieces for the weekend festival.

“This is my first big event,” MacDonald said. “I think it’s really important to see all the different people that are here in Springfield. We have a lot of talent here that you would never have thought of.”

MacDonald isn’t the only artist to experience the festival as a first-time seller.

A festival-goer grabs a handful of flowers from an Ozark Mountain flower truck during cider days on Saturday, September 17 along historic Walnut Street.  The two-day fall festival showcases local artisans, artisans, food trucks, nonprofit organizations, and live entertainment.

Leslie Perry, who works in hand embroidery, is also new to Cider Days. Aside from traditional embroidery hanging on the wall, Berry also created custom hats and jewelry.

Perry said the accessibility to Cider Days is what she finds appealing, as people often don’t have access to many local artists and craftsmen in one place.

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