Cottage Hills went psychedelic on Saturday and Sunday as the Fourth Annual Happy Trails Music and Arts Festival was held at the local VFW Post.
A number of area bands played on two outdoor stages while many vendors sold art and handmade goods, much of which would have fit in well during the 1960s.
“All of the hippies will be here; it’s great!” said Kat Spencer of Sadkat Vintage, whose tie-dye designs adorned hats, bags and clothing. “I do my part for the planet and I do all of these items myself.”
But Spencer’s tie-dye creations aren’t your typical designs.
“A lot of people with tie-dye make smiley faces, but we don’t do those,” Spencer said. “We have sad faces and stuff, just trying to do something a little different.”
Bright color was also a key design element for Brittany Larson of the Britterfly Effect, who sold original artwork, prints, stickers, custom pet portraits and murals.
“Mother Nature is my biggest inspiration. I love to try to bring the outside inside and just share that beauty,” said Spencer, who added that the Music and Arts Festival “is amazing, the music and good vibes, I’m loving it.”
Jon Griffin from Decatur created some of his artwork while festival-goers were watching.
“I paint live in front of people so you never know what is going to happen until it’s done,” Griffin said. “There’s a lot of color and light, a lot happening on the canvas.”
Some vendors — like Jake Clevenger from Springfield, Missouri — did double duty at the festival. In Clevenger’s case, he offered chiropractic adjustments and massages while selling his artwork.
“I like this venue,” he said. “The music has been really good; it’s really enjoyable.”
The Happy Trails Music and Arts Festival also featured food and beverages. A portion of the event proceeds will be donated to the Oasis Women’s Center in Alton.