FOREST CITY — Jessica Hallett pointed out a rusty farm stool to Ashley Evans at one of the Junkapalooza stalls on Saturday.

A yellow, rusty milkcan soon caught Hallett’s eye. She bent down to get a closer look before picking it up to buy.

The purchase was the first for Hallett during Saturday’s first-ever Junkapalooza at Heritage Park of North Iowa.

“She saw the flyer on Facebook and we thought ‘why not have a girls day,’” Hallett, of Charles City, said of Evans.

They didn’t have anything special in mind while shopping the various stalls scattered around the Heritage Park grounds.

“We’re just looking for fun stuff,” Hallett said. Fun stuff like the rusty milkcan.

Amanda Haugen spotted a red dining room chair a few booths over. Shopping bags in hand, she pointed out the chair to Lorie Bolinger.

“We decided to enjoy the day and see all the fun crafts,” Haugen, of Forest City, said.

Marsha Newton and Ellen Bruns of Britt were also out enjoying the weather on Saturday.

“We’re going to peruse everything and then come back to make our choices. There’s a lot of variety,” Bruns said.

Bolinger and Haugen had already made a few trips around Heritage Park. The pair each carried a handful of shopping bags.

Junk festivals like in Forest City are a favorite of Bolinger’s. She recently went to a similar event in Geneva.

“It’s nice to have one right in town,” Haugen said. “I hope they have it again.”


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