Litchfield Pickers Fifth Season Will Begin On Sunday

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The Litchfield Tourism Office and Prairie Pickers are preparing a huge kickoff for the fifth season of the Litchfield Pickers Market. 

The return of the Litchfield Pickers Market is Sunday, April 14, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. in historic downtown Litchfield. The Pickers Market begins on the corner of Union Avenue/Route 16, and State Street. Those utilizing GPS (Global Positioning System) may want to use the address 400 North State Street. 

This open-air market specializes in antiques, collectibles, vintage, and refurbished items. It is the largest open-air pickers market in the area and is located less than three miles off of Interstate 55. The opening of the Sunday, April 14, market celebrates the launching of the fifth season of the Litchfield Pickers Market, and will have approximately 340 vendor spaces occupied.

Each month the Litchfield Pickers Market welcomes musicians to perform at the Library Park stage. During the Sunday, April 14, market, The Mound City Slickers will kickoff the day with a live performance from 9 to 11:30 a.m. Hailing from the St. Louis region, the Mound City Slickers play old-time string band music with passion, drive, and a great sense of humor. Steeped in tradition, their concerts are a unique mix of hard driving fiddle tunes, country harmonies, rags, and other surprises that have made them favorites of the old-time string band scene. Their high-energy playing and ear for a good tune make for good listening, good dancing, and good times. Members of the band include Sean Belt on ukuleles, Lindell Blackford on fiddle and mandolin, Rich Hibbs on banjo, Rich Egan on piano, Bill Stewart on fiddle, and Keith Dudding on guitar. 

Following the Mound City Slickers, The Silver Creek Bluegrass Band will perform from noon to 3 p.m. The traditional five piece bluegrass string band will journey from Edwardsville to join the market. They specialize in bringing an authentic traditional bluegrass sound with some country elements mixed in. Members of the band include Derek Twesten on vocals and mandolin, Colin Graham on vocals and banjo, Blake Korte on dobro and vocals, Logan Perez on bass, and Quinten Voss on guitar and vocals. The two acts are sure to get toes tapping, so make sure to bring lawn chairs or picnic blankets.

To make the most of the Pickers Market experience, it is recommended to bring totes, wagons, carts, pickup trucks, and anything that will help haul all of the great treasures to be found. There is no cost to enter the market. With multiple entry points, visitors may park around the perimeter and enter the market but are reminded to adhere to applicable parking signage. 

Patrons may be interested in stopping by the Tourism Information booth, located on State Street in front of the library to sign the guestbook. The Tourism Information booth volunteers are prepared to supply Litchfield information, answer questions about the market and the town, and will be selling Litchfield Pickers Market gear including  T-shirts, hats, and tote bags. 

Food will be available along State Street located at every intersection. Food vendors and their locations are listed at the Tourism Information booth as well as on the Litchfield Pickers Market's website at www.visitlitchfield.com/events/litchfieldpickersmarket/.

The following roads will be closed from 4 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. on Sunday, April 14, and every second Sunday of the month from April through October, for the Litchfield Pickers Market: State Street from Union Avenue/Route 16 to the south entrance of the Brown Shoe Apartments, Ryder Street and Kirkham Street from Monroe Street to Madison Street, Edwards Street from Monroe Street to Jefferson Street, and Jackson Street from Union Avenue/Route 16 to Edwards Street. Any vehicles left in these areas during this time will be towed at the owner's expense.

For more information please follow the Litchfield Pickers Market Facebook page, log onto the website, or call the Litchfield Tourism Office Monday through Friday, from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. at 217-324-8147.

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