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St. Joseph celebrates Trails West

The St. Joseph community embraced another Trails West festival.

Posted: Aug 18, 2018 11:33 PM

(ST. JOSEPH, Mo) Trails West returns to St. Joseph this year, the event is embraced by the community every year.

"It's very awesome you know, some great turkey legs, great food." said Maddie Dryer, a lifelong festival goer.

While there are many first-timers checking out the event every year, it also has a fair share of veterans.

"[We've come]...probably 10 [years] I think." said Christy Rippe, another festival patron with her family. 

"I've actually been coming to this festival for about eighteen years now since I was born." said Dryer. 

"I been coming here since I was one" said Michael Cantrell, another lifelong festival goer.    

"[I started coming] when I was in my mom's stomach." said Cheyenne George. another lifelong festival goer.   

Ask any one of them, and they’re sure to tell you what keeps bringing them back every year.

"The food, the atmosphere, the people, the entertainment." said Rippe.  

"The country music," said George. 

"Art, the art musem." said Cantrell.

It's not just fun for the patrons every year new vendors come from all over to share their creations with our community.

"We make our own jewelry." said Barb Chapman. 

Barb, along with her husband John, moved here from Iowa just over a year ago, and even though its their first festival, the Chapmans say they feel right at home.

"We've been amazed by how friendly the people are here, and it's just been fun having a chance to be able to meet poeple and to talk to them. " said Chapman.

Now in its 26th year, the St. Joseph community has embraced this festival because they say, there’s something for everyone young and old.
"Activities for all of the kids, we can do the face painting, all of the moms can shop..." said Rippe. 

"I like the different samples of the wallets and stuff like that." said Bill Turner. 

 "Its great for the community, it brings everybody together, its fantastic!" said Rippe. 

The event continues through tomorrow (8/19). Admission will be free. 

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