Rootbound Festival this Saturday

August 8, 2014

By Sylvia Stevens

The Second Annual Rootbound festival will be start at 8 a.m. Saturday August 9 at 10885 N. Leaton Road, Clare. The event is free and has an antique and craft market that will start at 8 a.m. and the antique auction will start at 10 a.m. Last year’s turnout was very promising and organizer Haley Filhart is hopeful this year will to.

“For the first year I feel it did pretty well,” Haley Filhart said. “We had quite a few vendors for our first year and quite a few buyers.”

Filhart grew up in the auction business and came up with the idea for the event because she hadn’t seen the unique antique auction and vendor market combination done before.

“You see a lot of the vendor only events. I have always had this idea in my head of this combination and I don’t really see it happening up here in this area,” Filhart said. “I just thought I would try it out and see what happens and so far it’s been doing ok for something that is just starting.”

The most challenging this for Filhart is getting the word out about the event to potential vendors. She would like to see the event continue to expand and eventually include not just antiques but homemade crafts, baked goods and produce.

“I am trying to build up the market part of it as well because I have quite a few vendors with antiques and I am also trying to promote hand crafted pieces in and kind of do produce and bake goods and just a little bit of everything,” Filhart said. “A new thing I am doing this year is a drawing and some raffle items.”

Filhart has been trying to keep the website update with the ever increasing list of items she will have available at the auction, but she has been receiving new items every day.

“I am getting a really nice collection of different things and I am getting new things every day,” Filhart said. “Every day somebody is calling me with different things and that they heard about it or somebody recommended it.”

The money raised at the event will be used to cover the cost of next year event, but Filhart hopes that as the event grows eventually using it to help the community.

“When it gets big enough someday I hope to involve area organizations like nonprofits to help reach the community more,” Filhart said.

Consignment items will be accepted on location today from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Items being accepted include antiques, primitives and collectibles either as individual pieces or entire collections. For a larger list of items visit and search user ID 34758.  For more information, call 989-430-2055 or email

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