The Chester Fall Funky Junk Fest is set for Saturday, Oct. 7, to benefit the Chester Farmers Market and pavilion.

This is the third year for the junk festival, which helps raise money for the farmers market.

This year’s proceeds will go toward farmers market improvements and expenses, said Leslie Vandiver, Chester Farmers Market committee manager.

“It’s basically one of our major fundraisers for our improvement fund,” Vandiver said.

Vendors at the festival will be selling food, antiques, collectibles, recycled creations, and arts and crafts, Vandiver said. The event is a country-style treasure hunt of collectibles, recycled creations and much more, she said.

“We’ve got a good variety of vendors that come, attracting both locals and out-of-towners,” Vandiver said.

Vendor booths for a 10-feet-by-10-feet space are $10 for both days. The event is held in both the fall and spring.

“It’s just a good time,” Vandiver said. “People visit - out-of-towners especially seem to have a good time because they meet the locals and drive around Chester and see how rustic and historic the town is.”

Organizers are asking for a $1 donation for gate entry to the Funky Junk Fest. A concession stand also will be available at the event.

Committee members hope the event will be added to the stops of junkers attending other events in the area and Northwest Arkansas, Vandiver said.

Vendor applications can be picked up at the Chester Country Cafe or email The event is being held in the farmers market field and pavilion on Front Avenue in Chester.

Chester Farmers Market is held 8 to 11 a.m. every Saturday through the end of October, except for the day of the junk festival.