Junkstock Festival




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There are no horses in the stables at Sycamore Farms – just junk. Not just any old junk; this century-old farm is home to Junkstock, a festival where tens of thousands of people flock twice a year to explore vintage and upcycled items, munch on homemade goodies and sway to live music.

Think Woodstock meets an artisan vintage flea market – on steroids.

Just south of Waterloo, tucked between green pastures, white fences and an iconic aqua blue Volkswagen van, nearly 150 booths lure junk lovers and food fanatics from all over Nebraska. Vendors peddle vintage windows, windmill heads and rusted signs as the aroma of grilled chicken kabobs and kettle corn wafts through the crowd.

There are items here that can’t be found anywhere else. Maddog Guitars handcrafts unique instruments from cigar boxes and license plates. Roadside Relics finds treasures on the side of the road and refurbishes them into quirky pieces; old oil cans are now bird houses, and discarded Chevy tailgates find new life as a rustic bar front. Horsecreek Honey Farms sells funky-named honey products like “Skinny Dipping in the Lily pad Pond.” 

Junkstock began as a small vintage festival in a chicken coop in 2012. Its groovy philosophy of “peace, love and junk” caught on quickly. Now it’s a haven for homegrown talent and local business from all across the United States.

“Junkstock has become like a big family for vendors and participants alike,” said Danelle Schlegelmilch, who helped founder Sara Alexander get the event started. “We’ve heard stories of people traveling here for girls’ weekends, family vacations and even honeymoons.”

But Junkstock doesn’t only attract honeymooners. At the Love Shack, a little wooden shed surrounded by golden fields as far as the eye can see, couples can elope or renew vows. The ceremony comes complete with a tiny wedding cake and a hippie flower crown. As long as you provide “the groovy legal documents,” as their website says, then devoted junkies can get married at Junkstock.

“This is a little bit of heaven on earth for people craving something different,” said Schlegelmilch. “It’s grown to be a whole lot of people’s happy place.”

 

Junkstock fans know a good deal when they see one, and boy, have we got a deal for you! Subscribe today and enter the promo code “JS17” to get a 1-year Nebraska Life subscription for $24 plus our September/October “Junkstock”” issue for free. That’s 7 issues for the price of 6. You can’t beat that. Call us at 800-777-6159 or click here to take advantage of this savings, no haggling required. 

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