The organizers of the National Old Time Music Festival are seeking arts and craft vendors for the weeklong gala, which begins Aug. 26 in Le Mars, Iowa. They are particularly interested in vendors from Nebraska.
Bob Everhart of Anita, Iowa, director of the festival, said Nebraskans have a tradition of being involved in crafts such as basket-making and quilting. Because the festival is also an exposition of the pioneer lifestyle, vendors who sell such items are important.
“Some of those people who live out on the range do knitting and crocheting, and that's what we need here,” said Everhart, who is also president of the National Traditional Country Music Association.
The outreach to Nebraska is personal to Everhart, who grew up near Royal in Antelope County, where his ancestors homesteaded in the 19th century.
The festival will feature more than 600 performers over seven days, playing on 10 stages. It is held at the Plymouth County Fairgrounds in Le Mars.
For more information, contact Everhart at 712-762-4363 or at www.ntcma.net.