Organizers of two area festivals are hoping for a sunny weekend for perusing crafts in historic Blackwater and Arrow Rock.
On Saturday, vendors will set up shop on Blackwater’s Main Street, selling everything from tupperware to essential oils. Artisans will sell their crafts, including stained glass, woodwork, jewelry and hand-made clocks, organizer Mary Anne Schuster said.
There will be kettle corn for sale, the Blackwater PTO will be selling funnel cakes, and the Lion’s Club will serve a fried fish dinner. There will be a horseshoe tournament at 1 p.m., and classic cars will arrive around 4 p.m., Schuster said.
“Our idea is to have people coming from all over to enjoy a day in Blackwater,” she said. “See what the town’s doing, shop in the shops, and enjoy the day.”
A short drive up Highway 41, Arrow Rock is also holding its annual fall celebration, the Heritage Festival. Arrow Rock always holds the festival on the second weekend in October, so Blackwater holds theirs the same weekend so people can go to both, Schuster said.
“We’re so close together that we feed off each other,” Schuster said.
One of the first in the state, this weekend will be the 51st Arrow Rock Heritage Festival, said organizer Dan Auman. The two-day festival usually draws a weekend crowd of 3,000-3,500 people to the village of about 50 people, he said.
This weekend, there will be 70 vendors set up along Main Street, along with food vendors and the shops and restaurants in Arrow Rock, he said. There will also be spoken word poets and musicians performing on the main stage, he said.
“Arrow Rock’s a small place, so it’s pretty crazy,” he said.
There will also be demonstrations of quilting, weaving, blacksmithing, and other heritage crafts that would have been common in Arrow Rock when it was a bustling port in the 19th century, he said.