Story by Kristin Schaeffer
Temperatures are dropping, the kids have all gone back to school, and fall is in the air in Casper. Fall inspires baking, shopping, stockpiling our favorite books in preparation of spending blanket wrapped days reading and watching the snow fly from inside our cozy homes.
This all means, of course, that we have to get the last few festivals in while we can. So don’t be surprised that all the organizations in town have scheduled most of them for one weekend.
The weekend of September 17-18 promises to be a rewarding one for the get-out-and-do-it-in-Casper enthusiast.
First on the schedule is Funky Junk, Saturday, Sept. 17 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.; a flea market style fest with vendors, beer and live music for the duration of the event. Whitney Asay, owner of Petuniaz and a downtown merchant started the event last year.
“This is the second year, but the third event,” said Asay.
Funky Junk is held twice each year on the third Saturdays of May and September and is a place to explore Casper’s handcrafting and up-cycling community. Funky Junk goers will be able to shop for vintage and hand-painted furniture, locally made soaps, wall hangings by Ekoo Designs, hand-made cards, fiber art pieces, and kid entrepreneur Bella Grace creations.
“I wanted to give a home to people who don’t have a brick and mortar store, but think they might want one,” said Asay. “Funky Junk is a place where good people with good vibes can hang out and listen to good music.”
Wyoming Photo Fest and David Street Fall Festival
Happening next Saturday, Sept. 17 also, from noon to 6 p.m. is Wyoming Photo Fest and David Street Fall Festival. This event boasts live music, beer and food vendors Mad Flatters and Essence of Life Catering, also known as the Big Red Bus at two locations: in front of Wyoming Camera Outfitters near the intersection of 2nd and David Streets and at Art321 near the intersection of Midwest and Ash.
As festival goers sip their favorite Wonder Bar beer they’ll also be able to enjoy a farmers market environment at the David Street Fall Festival featuring Lloyd Craft Farms produce, Jamming with Patty jams, Debora Schiltz’s All Things Creative, Groovy Granola, downtown merchants’ sidewalk sales and much more.
A myriad of kids’ events are also scheduled to take place in the Wyo Central Parking lot during the Fall Festival to include: pumpkin painting, scarecrow making, hula hooping, bubbles, giant Jenga and corn hole amongst other offerings.
Wyoming Photo Fest is scheduled to host workshops at both Art321: a free Portrait Workshop with Phil Harden, a free Bracketing Class with C. Luse Photography(full), a workshop with Canon Explorer of Light Photographer Darrell Gulin from 9 – 11 a.m. at Wyoming Camera Outfitters($100), and a free lecture, open to the public, by Canon Explorer of Light Photographer Darrell Gulin at the Lyric at 7 p.m. (Discounts available for students and seniors on workshops). During the photo fest, attendants will be able to see the top 100 photos from the Wyoming Photo Fest Photo Contest and, in the evening, hear the announcement of the Wyoming Photo Fest Big Winners. You won’t want to miss it.
In addition to all the great things to do downtown on Saturday, Sept. 17, Wyoming Camera Outfitters will have it’s biggest blowout sale of the year, so Photographers be sure to get by there to check that out.
To any photographers who have been putting off entering, be sure to get your photos entered by Friday, Sept. 9. There are only a few more days! Enter at www.wyophotofest.com.
Call Wyoming Camera Outfitters at 307-237-1223 for more information or to sign up for workshops.