Highlighting the arts, the fifth annual Queen of the Prairies Festival of the Arts is coming to downtown Sedalia Saturday, Sept. 26 and there is still room for vendors to sign up for booth space.
Sedalia Downtown Development Inc. Administrator Meg Liston and QPFA members Madge Gressley and Kathleen Boswell said vendors are still welcome to sign up online.
Liston added they are still looking for all types of vendors — art, food, commercial, civic and community — and she welcomed young art vendors as well.
“It’s a good opportunity for the young people, it’s local, it doesn’t cost a lot,” she said. “If they are students we give them a discount. It gives them a chance to talk to other people. That’s a good opportunity for them to learn how to speak about what they do.”
Gressley added that art vendors will include Sedalia ceramic artist Alan Weaver, Linda Coats, a Columbia fiber artist, glass artist Susan Young, Sedalian Mark Hammond and Crickett Hackman, both photo artists, and Eric Brunson, a Fulton glass artist.
“State Fair (Community) College does have a booth for their performing arts and theater,” she added. “Katy Park Baptist Church is going to do their cookie creations again. Kids can come and decorate a cookie for free.
“Modest Goats from Green Ridge, they will be having soaps and lotions made from goats’ milk,” she added.
New this year is artist Rhiannon Foster, of Sedalia, with her origami jewelry.
Liston is lining up local musicians to perform on the Pettis County Courthouse steps during the event that runs from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. She added that Backwoods Guitar LLC, of Sedalia, is helping locate musicians for the venue.
Boswell, coordinator for the children’s costume contest, said this event is new to the festival.
“We’re going to have a costume contest, cowboys and either little cowgirls or more of a Little House on the Prairie theme,” she said. “Sunbonnets and pinafores …”
There will be three classes, birth to age 5; ages 6 to 10; and ages 11 to 13. Registration runs from 9 to 10:30 a.m. at the Hospitality Tent located at Fifth Street and Ohio Avenue. Judging will take place at 10:30 a.m. at the Hospitality Tent. The first place winner will receive an eight-by-10-inch photo and the second place winner will receive a five-by-seven-inch photo.
“The kids can come in their best cowboy hats and prairie costumes,” she added. “We’re thinking this is just an extra little fun thing, because most everybody does like playing dress-up.”
During the event there will be traveling docents dressed as historic characters who will be part of a “bingo” game. Characters to look for during the day will be a Pacific Railroad Conductor, Wild Bill Hickok, Okee Rice and Iva Rice, once owners of the Old Missouri Homestead in Sedalia, Sarah Smith-Cotton, Flora Mackey Andrews, Lula Archias, who owned Archias Seed Store, and a Telephone Operator. Bingo cards may be picked up at the Hospitality Tent.
“They can go around and see the characters, and ask them their questions, and get the answer, and then turn in their completed bingo sheet,” Boswell said.
Boswell added that people involved with heritage arts and crafts will be in costume.
“Such as the weaving and spinning, and the lady that was doing the triangle loom (last year) will be back this year,” she said.
The West Central Vintage Auto Club will have vintage cars on display along Fifth Street on the south side of the Pettis County Courthouse.
“This is going to be more centered around the courthouse,” Boswell added. “There’s going to be children’s activities and that’s on Ohio south of the courthouse.”
Kid’s Alley will be coordinated by Jennifer Langdon with the Sedalia Young Professionals.
“We’re real excited, that’s a whole different entity that we’ve gotten pulled in with us,” Boswell said.
“We’ll have an inflatable sculpture,” Liston added. “It will be walk-through for the children. There will be markers where they can leave their personal art on the sculpture, and there will make-and-take items all day long.”
Liston said food vendors would include sandwiches, funnel cakes, corn dogs, cotton candy and kettle corn.
“We just want this to be a lot of family-oriented fun and a good way to get started thinking about Christmas shopping too,” Boswell added.
The Queen of the Prairies Festival of the Arts will run from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 26 along Ohio Avenue; it will be centered around the Pettis County Courthouse.
Those who wish to sign-up as a vendor may register online at qpfa.org. The Queen of the Prairies Festival of the Arts is a joint effort of the Sedalia Visual Art Association and SDDI. Partial funding for the event is provided by the Missouri Arts Council.
Faith Bemiss can be reached at 826-1000 ext. 1481 [email protected]