BUTLER — Thousands of people will visit the Butler area the next two weekends as the Prairie Butler returns for two more weekends of shopping, eating, watching and reminiscing with others who flock each year to this popular fall event.
The Prairie Peddler is open for business Sept. 28-29 and Oct. 5-6. On all four days it is open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Cost is $8 for kids and $3 for kids 6- to 12-years-old. Kids younger than six get in for free.
This outdoor marketplace in the woods around Butler features moroe than 200 artisan booths, live music, more food than you can eat in a weekend, horse-drawn wagon rides, artist demonstrations and more.
Vendors come from all over to sell there wares including: hand-cut and painted slate; ornaments; custom artwork and crafts; hand-sewn items; jams, jellies, chocolate-covered strawberries and goats milk fudge; jewelry and stained glass; home-made wooden clocks and jewelry.
For more information on this always-popular event, visit www.prairietown.com.
But the Prairie Peddler is far from an adults-only shopping experience.
There is plenty to do for the kids, including crafts, animals and petting zoos and magic shows.
Jania Taylor returns with her magic program in Black Bear Park. There also will be opportunties for kids to make candles, go on pony and wagon rides, so some sand art projects and get their faces painted. The KidZone projects expected the next two weekends include: making a life-sized scarecrow, a pour-paint ornament, a mirrored jewelry box, a pirate ship and lots more.
The food options are pretty much endless and include anything from breakfast foods (bagels, french toast, sausage gravy and biscuits and pumpkin donuts) to snacks (pork rinds and cracklins, pumpkin and zucchini bread and deep fried Oreos) to lunch and dinner (smoked turkey legs, brisket, bean soup and corn break, sandwiches of all kinds and brick oven pizza) If you saved room for dessert, you won’t be disappointed in those selections either.
The Prairie Peddler is always looking for new vendors who hand craft unique, quality made items. If you are interested in applying to the festival, just download and complete the application for on the Prairie Prairie website, www.prairietown.com. All the requirements for booths, set-up and other important information can be found in the Guidelines section.