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Heritage Fest a hit

  • Bailey Drone of Harrisburg gives a sales presentation for the Strawboss crappie finesse float system at Heritage Fest Sunday.

    Bailey Drone of Harrisburg gives a sales presentation for the Strawboss crappie finesse float system at Heritage Fest Sunday.
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  • Mary and Robert Gentry, owners of The Corner Store in Cape Girardau, Missouri, display some of the many hand-made candies they sell at Heritage Fest.

    Mary and Robert Gentry, owners of The Corner Store in Cape Girardau, Missouri, display some of the many hand-made candies they sell at Heritage Fest.
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  • Local author Jon Musgrave of Marion displays some of the many local history books he carries at Heritage Fest Sunday.

    Local author Jon Musgrave of Marion displays some of the many local history books he carries at Heritage Fest Sunday.
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  • Vendors line both sides of the hallway at Southeastern Illinois College's Heritage Fest.

    Vendors line both sides of the hallway at Southeastern Illinois College's Heritage Fest.
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  • Eldorado artist Janet Bixler, left, and Diane Berry take a break from a conversation at Heritage Fest for a photo.

    Eldorado artist Janet Bixler, left, and Diane Berry take a break from a conversation at Heritage Fest for a photo.
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  • Michael Hillegas DAR and Country Friends Home Extension share a booth at Heritage Fest. From left, Coda Riley, Sarah Drone (DAR), and Colleen Alvey and Beth Crews,(Country Friends). Each year, Country Friends offers a raffle drawing for a quilt.

    Michael Hillegas DAR and Country Friends Home Extension share a booth at Heritage Fest. From left, Coda Riley, Sarah Drone (DAR), and Colleen Alvey and Beth Crews,(Country Friends). Each year, Country Friends offers a raffle drawing for a quilt.
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By Travis DeNeal tdeneal@dailyregister.com
Posted on 11/5/2019, 3:08 PM

HARRISBURG -- Crafters, artists, authors, candy makers and more lined nearly every available space at Southeastern Illinois College Saturday and Sunday, pulling in shoppers from around the region.

Vendors filled the college's gym and also had booths running down the main hallway from end to end.

One enterprising young man, Bailey Drone of Harrisburg, could be seen giving vigorous sales pitches to those who stopped by his booth. Drone was selling the Strawboss finesse float system, a crappie slip-bobber system invented by his grandfather, David Disney of Ridgway.

Drone said he enjoyed the chance to tell potential consumers about the product.

"We had the time available, so we came down this weekend to help," he said.

Mary and Robert Gentry, owners of The Corner Store in Cape Girardeau, Missouri, said they had stayed busy selling their handcrafted confections to customers. Buyers with a sweet tooth could be seen eagerly eyeing the homemade candy on all sides of the booth.

The annual event is a mainstay of November in the region, and serves as an unofficial kickoff to the Christmas shopping season. Many crafters carry Christmas-themed decorations, Christmas trees, ornaments and wreaths.