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Heritage Fest returns this weekend, with 90+ vendors

  • At the most recent Heritage Fest in 2019, local author Jon Musgrave displayed had a booth with his books.

    At the most recent Heritage Fest in 2019, local author Jon Musgrave displayed had a booth with his books.
    Harrisburg Register file photo/2019

  • Michael Hillegas DAR and Country Friends Home Extension shared a booth at Heritage Fest in 2019. From left are Coda Riley and 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 shared a booth at Heritage Fest in 2019. From left are Coda Riley and Sarah Drone (DAR), and Colleen Alvey and Beth Crews (Country Friends). Each year, Country Friends offers a raffle drawing for a quilt.
    Harrisburg Register file photo/2019

 
Submitted by Southeastern Illinois College
updated: 10/15/2021 7:38 PM

The annual Heritage Festival will be held Saturday and Sunday Southeastern Illinois College.

Hours are 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday and 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Sunday. The event is a southern Illinois craft and artisan heaven, featuring handcrafted items and delicious food.

This year marks the 43rd year of the festival. More than 90 vendors will have wares to sell, kicking off the holiday shopping season.

This year's booths are selling dog clothing, handmade jewelry, fall and holiday décor and signs, boutique clothing, primitives, antiques and collectibles, specialty blends for dips and more, screen-printed T-shirts, hair bows, Matilda Jane clothing, scarves, blankets, handcrafted soaps and other skin care items, candles, iron artistry and signs, embroidered hats, laser engravings, wood crafts, folded book art, historical books, and more.

"After taking a (COVID-19) year off, we decided to make some big changes," said Event Director Lori Cox. "We have updated marketing, moved the date to October (allowing us the weather to host vendors outside) and reconfigured the indoor spaces.

"After hosting this event for 43 years, SIC has earned the reputation from vendors and visitors alike that this is a show not to be missed."

No festival of this type is complete without food. Vendors will have homemade candies, fresh pork rinds, spiced nuts, fresh vegetables, and much more. The Falcon Pointe Bistro will serve fried chicken, chicken & dumplings, salads, sandwiches, pizza and dessert.

Admission to the event and parking are both free, and handicap parking is available. For questions about Heritage Festival, call Lori Cox at (618) 252-5400, ext. 2300 or email lori.cox@sic.edu.