I’ll start by saying I’ve been to Junkstock twice now, so I’m basically a pro. (Totally kidding.) But when I first arrived in Omaha, I felt like it had this huge reputation. So I wanted to share my experience with anyone wondering if they should make the trip to the event held at Sycamore Farms in Waterloo, just outside Omaha.
It’s like a festival on a farm
After two trips, I will say both times felt like a big production. There are more than 150 vendors from not just Nebraska, but across the Midwest, and some from even further! There are also about 20 food trucks.
There’s something fun for everyone
There’s a stage where you’ll find live musical acts all day long. There are craft brews, wine slushees, a coffee house on the grounds, as well as fun for the kids. You’ll find a free bouncy house and face painting for a fee.
It costs to get in, but there are ATMs everywhere
So it’s $10 per adult to get into Junkstock. Parking is free. Kids 12 and under are also free. They take cash only for admission, but there’s an ATM right at the entrance. Most vendors take credit cards, but in case you find one that doesn’t, there are more ATMs on the grounds.
Junkstock is very dog friendly
You’ll find sweet pups all over Sycamore Farms. As long as they’re on a leash and friendly, they’ll fit in! There are also vendors who sell dog and cat products like bows, collars, leashes, and of course treats!
For the love of God, wear boots. Even for summer Junkstock, you should consider boots. And I’m not talking the cute kind, I’m talking about big rubber ones. The parking area has suffered from the floods. But, being #NebraskaStrong, the show must go on! This is probably the number one mistake first-timers will make.
So yes, if you love all things vintage, Fixer Upper, country, farm, or locally-owned, it’s a good time. It’s nice to get outside the city, breathe in the fresh farm air, and get a little muddy!
Vendors I supported during my visit:
- Carson’s Cookie Fix -Delicious Cookies & Cream food truck
- Gracie Pie Apothecary– Got the most delicious soaps from the cutest trailer
- Master’s Hand– Had delicious hand-dipped caramel apples
- Fat Head Honey -Got some honey made by Nebraska bees to help my husband’s allergies!
- Sunshine Blvd Handmade -Annabelle’s sweet handmade deer doll