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Fall Pickin’ Days wraps up

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Fall Pickin' Days wrapped up in Pike County, Illinois, on Sunday.

An event that usually brings people from all over the Tri-States together, participants said they weighed the safety risks of the coronavirus against the chance to get out and do business.

Snyders Karmel Korn and Pork Skins vendor Rebecca Snyders-Darr said the pandemic has impacted sales and hoped this event will make up for canceled events.

"The crowds have been really good about distancing as well so we're happy and I think people are excited to just get out of their house and do something that feels normal again," she said.

Vendors and buyers said they're not seeing as many people this year.

"Yesterday there were a lot of customers that didn't have masks on," vendor Margaret Huff said. "You look today, there's a lot of them that don't either."

Huff said the pandemic is pushing away long time vendors and customers.

Pittsfield resident Beth Scott said it's something she's noticed as well.

"There's not as many stands, so I haven't seen as many people," she said. "I think people are being more socially distanced here, probably if there were more stands out and more people around."

Vendor Benjamin Darr said people need to wear masks.

"It's just a simple task to keep people safe, so why not? All you got to do is put a mask on and that's it, you barely even notice it," he said.

Charity Bell

Multimedia Journalist at WGEM

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