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.
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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Visitors can find McDonald’s, Perry’s and hundreds of other vendors during the last day of the festival on Sunday. Cider days open from 10am to 5pm
Sunday’s live entertainment includes:
- Conservatory of the Ozarks on the Show Wagon Stage at 10 a.m.
- Princesses of the 417 on the West Stage at 10:30 a.m.
- Matt Harp on stage at 10:30 a.m.
- SLT’s Illumination Dance Company on Show Wagon at 11 a.m.
- Dragonfest Renaissance Fair on West Stage at 11:30 a.m.
- Kenny Key and Juanita Lee on stage at 11:30 a.m.
- Lauren Ashley Dance Center at Show Wagon at 11:45 a.m.
- Finlay River Boys at West Stage 12:30 p.m.
- Queen City Acro on Show Wagon at 12:30 PM
- Studio VIE Dance on the Show Wagon Stage at 1:15 pm
- Uke 66 on stage at 1:45 p.m.
- Jane C. X on the West Stage at 2 pm
- Republic Community Band at Show Wagon Stage at 2 pm
- HepTones Ralph Hepola on stage at 2:45 p.m.
- Resonance Dance on Show Wagon at 3 pm
- The Bridgetones of the West Stage 3:30 PM
- Ozark Dance Academy at Show Wagon at 4:15 p.m.
Festival attendees can also enjoy a walking tour of historic Walnut Street with historian David Eslick at 1 p.m. The tour departs from the Walnut Street Inn.
Festival tickets are available for $5 online or at the event. Children 10 years old and under stay for free. Buy tickets online at bit.ly/3qG1i5W.