PRAIRIE GROVE – Junk at the Mill has had to cancel its fall 2020 show due to covid-19 issues, but it’s gearing up for what organizers hope will be their biggest event yet.
Neta Faddis, coordinator, said the June 2021 show is the biggest yet and it looks like the fall show will have as many suppliers, if not more. She said 50 vendors had already registered for the fair.
âEveryone is excited,â Faddis said. âIn June, it was the best show we’ve ever had. One vendor brought 125 pieces of metal art and came home with just 12. Everyone was almost sold out.â
This is the sixth year for fall Junk at the Mill. The event will take place from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Friday, October 1 and Saturday, October 2, at the Washington County Milling Co. on Mock Street.
Faddis describes Junk at the Mill as a “family oriented event”. There is no entrance fee and parking is free.
“All of our salespeople, we’re like a big family. Everyone knows everyone and everyone helps everyone.”
Faddis said the 2021 show will have many returning suppliers, as well as many new suppliers.
One of the new sellers will have around 250 pumpkins of all varieties, sizes and colors, Faddis said.
Another new supplier is coming in which makes handmade guitars.
Other items available at Junk at the Mill include clay jewelry, vintage furniture, metal artwork, cedar, walnut and other wood items, goat’s milk soap handmade, handmade facial and skin care products, personalized printing of t-shirts and engraved water bottles, handmade toys and a booth with boutique clothes.
Food vendors this year include a caramel corn vendor and one that will sell a variety of goods, such as corndogs and pulled pork sandwiches.
Faddis said the event will also continue its Hidden Key contest. Each day, a master key will be hidden in one of the stands. The person who finds the key will receive a $ 100 bill.
âEveryone is looking for the key,â Faddis said.
Junk at the Mill is so named because it is located in the Washington County Milling Co., a former milling structure that was built in 1919. Marcus Nall, who grew up in Prairie Grove, purchased the building in 2011 and spent the five years remodeling and renovating the structure with the aim of keeping it historically as faithful as possible.
Nall retained the company’s original name, Washington County Milling Co. Today, Washington County Milling Co. is an event hub for activities such as family reunions, wedding receptions, and community events.
Nall has said in the past that he came up with the idea of ââJunk at the Mill as another way to attract people to come and see the historic building, which is the only flourmill structure remaining in Prairie Grove.
FILE PHOTO Washington County Milling Co., now restored as an event center, was built as a flour mill in 1919. At one time, the Mills in Prairie Grove produced 2.4 million pounds of flour each. year.
Donna Graham of Farmington examines the quilts and quilted pillows at this booth as she walks through the 2019 Junk at the Mill held at the Washington County Milling Co. in Prairie Grove. The 2021 show will take place on Friday and Saturday.
FILE PHOTO The Washington County Milling Co., a former flour mill built in 1919, will be packed with vendors and food during Junk at the Mill this weekend Friday and Saturday. Vendors will be inside the building and outside. Entrance and parking are free.
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Washington County Milling Co.
501 S. Mock St.
8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Friday October 1; Saturday October 2