Cottonwood Market Days attracts vendors and shoppers of all kinds

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Updated: Mon, 21 Oct 2013 12:21:56 CST

From singing to spray painting, Cottonwood Market Days put talents of all kinds on display this weekend.  Formerly known as The Cottonwood Festival, the name isn't all that's changed in Hastings.

"Originally started as a fine arts festival, focusing a lot on sculpture," said Director Donna Hastings.

But as more festivals and events have come to life in Hastings, Director Donna Hastings says Cottonwood Festival decided to find a new niche-- opening up as Market Days and putting the spotlight on shopping.

"This year we just opened it up to everything, even if you were a flea market vendor you could be at Cottonwood Market Days," added Hastings. 

From local artists to commercial sellers, variety is key with the more than 40 vendors.  Soap makers, bird house builders, the list goes on and on.

"Everything comes out of my garden so I raise all of the vegetables," said Sherri Vanness, owner of 67th Street Goodies. 

"The lights just kind of light up a little corner of your house and brighten up your day," said Joyce Pennington, of her company, Light Up Your Little Corner.

And at Cottonwood Market Days, the shoppers are just as eclectic as the vendors.

"There's a little something for everybody if you look around," agreed Hastings.

For the vendors at Cottonwood Market Days, it's festivals, showcases and fairs like these that keep their talents alive.

"It gets your name out there and you meet so many different people and you get to have windy days like today," said Vanness. 

"I can do all I can do on Facebook or somewhere like that but nothing is as good as seeing it in real life," added Pennington. 

And how were sales this weekend?  Director Donna Hastings says vendors were very happy with the turnout.

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