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JunkFest a success for vendors and local charities

  • Along with vendors and treasure hunters, car enthusiasts were also drawn to Picker's Outlet JunkFest on Sunday afternoon for a car show featuring around two dozen vehicles.

    Along with vendors and treasure hunters, car enthusiasts were also drawn to Picker's Outlet JunkFest on Sunday afternoon for a car show featuring around two dozen vehicles.
    Holly Kee photo

  • Laken Moore spent some hours over the weekend working to let people know about Heaven's Kitchen. The Harrisburg High School senior is the daughter of Southern Illinois LOCAL Media Group graphic artist Gatha Moore, and has volunteered at Heaven's Kitchen.

    Laken Moore spent some hours over the weekend working to let people know about Heaven's Kitchen. The Harrisburg High School senior is the daughter of Southern Illinois LOCAL Media Group graphic artist Gatha Moore, and has volunteered at Heaven's Kitchen.
    Holly Kee photo

  • Along with vendors and treasure hunters, car enthusiasts were also drawn to Picker's Outlet JunkFest on Sunday afternoon for a car show featuring around two dozen vehicles.

    Along with vendors and treasure hunters, car enthusiasts were also drawn to Picker's Outlet JunkFest on Sunday afternoon for a car show featuring around two dozen vehicles.
    Holly Kee photo

  • Several hundred visitors from across the region stopped by the 2020 JunkFest at Picker's Outlet Mall near Johnston City over the weekend.

    Several hundred visitors from across the region stopped by the 2020 JunkFest at Picker's Outlet Mall near Johnston City over the weekend.
    Holly Kee photo

  • Several hundred visitors from across the region stopped by the 2020 JunkFest at Picker's Outlet Mall near Johnston City over the weekend.

    Several hundred visitors from across the region stopped by the 2020 JunkFest at Picker's Outlet Mall near Johnston City over the weekend.
    Holly Kee photo

 
BY HOLLY KEE
hkee@localsouthernnews.com
updated: 10/16/2020 7:39 AM

WILLIAMSON COUNTY -- It was a long but satisfying weekend for Murry and Shirley Berger.

The owners of Picker's Outlet Mall near Johnston City were finally able to hold their annual JunkFest that was put on hold due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

"We're happy to be there this weekend," said Murry on Saturday morning as more than 60 vendors completed setting up booths, spurred on by a mix of oldies tunes from local DJ John "Big Elvis" Milani of Herrin.

Among those setting up were volunteers from Heaven's Kitchen, as well as employees from Vernell's Interstate Service collected food donations bound for area food pantries.

Berger said that giving back to the community is a big part of the success he and his wife enjoy.

Heaven's Kitchen benefitted from the Berger's generosity, bringing in donations as well as a new list of volunteers.

Several volunteers manned the booth over the two-day event including Stefanie Anderson and Kathy Metcalf from Southern Illinois LOCAL Media Group, the media partner for Heaven's Kitchen Marion, Laken Moore, Rhonda Soldner, and Jason Powell.

A car show featuring more than two dozen entries on Sunday afternoon completed the weekend.

In fact, 8-year-old Jesse Harp of Carterville was very happy, as he copped off the weekend with the Picker's Choice award, given to him by another competitor who felt he had earned it through hard work.

"I've been busy this weekend," he said. "I've made lots of money."

Along with entering the car show with his dad, Grant, Jesse also operated a booth selling Hot Wheels.

 
 
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