WAPAKONETA — This year’s highly-anticipated Rustic Farmhouse market will finally be underway this weekend.
The biannual vendor fair, in its third year, is a collection of regional small businesses that specialize in farmhouse decor, boutique clothing, vintage items, repurposed goods and handmade items started by local business owners Beth Klosterman, with Wapakoneta’s Rustic Farmhouse, and Betsy Selover, with E. Selover Pottery.
The event was originally scheduled for May with its usual 100 vendors, but due to COVID-19, this will be the first time the market is held in August, and it has been trimmed down to about 70 vendors to accommodate social distancing.
“It’s just an odd year, but everyone loves fall though so the market will probably be geared a little more toward fall decor,” Klosterman said. “We had plans to do something before all of this happened to do a (fall decor) mini market at our storefront, so we just switched it around.”
Klosterman said all vendors interested must go through an application process to make it into the market, ensuring they are offering the best quality and also a variety of vendors.
“We try to keep each category limited so they’re not seeing a large majority of just one product, we want to equal it out,” she said. “The majority are geared toward handmade or repurposed products. You can basically shop for yourself, your home, your kids or your pets.”
Food trucks, beer and wine vendors and live music will be set up in a separate building to allow for spacing between tables. Local musicians ReFlektion will be Friday’s entertainment and Dustin Hites will headline Saturday.
“The food, beer and music will be more spread out to abide by guidelines, but the nature of the event is more spaced out anyways,” Klosterman said. “We always have extra-wide aisleways and vendors are actually required to create a barrier from the other vendors. We consider this an upscale market, so when people walk into their booths, it should feel like they’re walking into their storefront. We’re just asking them to limit the amount of people in each booth.”
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