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Hundreds Return for SIC’s Heritage Festival


Michelle Winters from Carmi and Denisa Marks from Crossville take a look at the many wooden toys available at Dan and Sue Canups’ Wood Toys and Crafts of Thompsonville.

The nice weekend weather brought vendors, crafters and shoppers from all over the region to the 39th annual Heritage Festival at Southeastern Illinois College.


  Brad Vineyard and family (plus niece, minus son) of Harrisburg sell wares to raise money for their adoption of a little boy from Haiti at their booth, Reclaimed and Renewed, during the SIC Heritage Festival.  They are looking forward to a visit with him soon.

With a focus on locally, hand-crafted items and delicious food, hundreds packed the parking lots for the event.  More than 120 vendors from five different states with close to 200 booths were ready and waiting for the crowds.


Shoppers take a look at the variety of ear warmers available at Jill’s Creative Corner during the SIC Heritage Festival. 

This year’s event included vendors with handmade jewelry, handmade American Girl® look alike clothing, handmade soaps, hand-painted items, dough art ornaments, primitive furniture, barn quilts, wreaths, purses, wooden bowls, porcelain dolls, bird feeders, candles and apparel amongst other items.  Companies represented included RADA knives, Mary Kay, Scentsy, and Origami Owl, and many more.


Raven and Gayla Brown of Carmi behold the unique wind chimes of Cindy’ Wine Bottle Creations by Cynthia Gulley. 

Donna Hearn, event organizer, said, “We had exceptionally large crowds, and we hope to see them all back again next year!”


Mike Pfister shows off some of his handmade jewelry, while also making a sale on some Cardinals items from his booth, Mike’s Sports Items at the SIC Heritage Festival.

For questions about Heritage Festival, or to inquire about becoming a vendor for the 49th annual Heritage Festival in 2017, call Hearn at 618-252-5400, ext. 3213.