Finding your inner hippie on the rural route at Junkstock

By Daylee Daubert

Junkstock is one of the best festivals for junk, music and food around the country, and it’s right here in the heartland. Refurbished junk, vintage finds, unique antiques, handmade jewelry, one-of-a-kind food and groovy tunes are all featured at Junkstock. 

For all the newbies, Junkstock is located at a place on your Google Maps called ‘Junkstock Omaha.’ It can be found on the property of Sycamore Farms. The farm is located on the western edge of Omaha right off 228th and West Dodge at 1150 River Road Drive in Waterloo. You can follow all the colorful signs that lead to the proper entrances that they have set up although parking in the fields can be quite confusing.

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Junkstock is held twice a year: once in the spring and once in the fall. In 2018, it was open April 6-8 and it will be open again Sept. 28-30. You can come join the fun, Friday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. If you’re an early riser, come for the early bird hours which are from 8 a.m. to 10 a.m. to beat the crowd. 

You can buy a weekend pass for $20 which includes all three days to Junkstock. Or if you’re not really feeling like going all three days, you can purchase the one day pass general admission ticket which is $10. If you come for the early bird hours, make sure you purchase the early bird ticket which is $30 and you will receive a weekend pass and an early entry on Friday from from 8-10 a.m. 

Vendors from all over the nation come to Junkstock and sell their one-of-a-kind jewelry, clothes, furniture and more! Every vendor has a unique style, so make sure you check out all the treasures that catch your eye. 

The items that the vendors sell are handmade vintage pieces. They refurbish old furniture which makes many of the pieces hard to resist. 

Vendors use their different styles to make the old items look hip and cool. Junkstock’s atmosphere is hipster-like and radiates good vibes, even if the weather may not be on your side that day.

You will not be disappointed because there are also several indoor venues to take shelter, and the relaxed atmosphere of the people and surroundings can chill the crowds.

Hopefully, Junkstock will land on a beautiful sunny weekend in September, and you can dress with less layers and comfy shoes but if that happens, fingers crossed, don’t forget sunscreen and sunglasses. You don’t want to have a bad experience at Junkstock solely due to forgetting sunscreen and looking like a lobster the next day.

If you are to purchase an item at Junkstock that is too large to carry out yourself, you can make a stop at the loading area where you will be greeted by the Junkhunks that will assist you. I have attended Junkstock several times and have listened to many bands from around the country while enjoying freshly squeezed strawberry lemonade and funnel cakes.

I strongly encourage all to attend and hopefully take home with you a momento or memory that lasts you a country mile.

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