At this year's Chautauqua event held over the weekend, 104 vendors in 133 total booths were on hand in 2017, according to Crystal Narr, executive director of the Chillicothe Area Chamber of Commerce, which hosts the annual event.

 At this year’s Chautauqua event held over the weekend, 104 vendors in 133 total booths were on hand in 2017, according to Crystal Narr, executive director of the Chillicothe Area Chamber of Commerce, which hosts the annual event. The excellent weather condition allowed for an estimated 8,000 people to attend the two-day event, that was sponsored by Hedrick Medical Center. New submission, Martin Oranja of Rimanto Creations, of St. Louis, Mo., was the winner of the ‘Best in Show’ award. His woodwork carvings, wind chimes, wire and bottle cap creations added something new to the annual crafts show. Sponsored by Bachman Cattle Farms, the Traditional Arts area showed 24 different exhibits that included the annual exhibitions of black smithing, sewing, woodworking and, even, instrument making. Rare Air Entertainment was the new bounce house provider for the event. Out of Brookfield, they added a mechanical bull to the inflatable entertainment. The children’s area was sponsored by Hy-Vee. Other key entertainment pieces were the petting zoo by FFA and the axe throwing Mountain Man Exhibit. The Chillicothe Arts Council provided the stage entertainment for the event that included performances by Kirk & Mary Lee, who performed the sounds of Folk and Americana, Ann & Terry Brock with Jamie Pauls, who performed some country, bluegrass, jazz and classical music. The Morton Sisters performed harmonies, while Gold Rush brought the old time rock ’n’ roll to the stage. The Mic-O-Say Dancers, of the local boy scout troop, rounded out the performances with Native American dances. “We had a wonderful weekend”, said Narr, “filled with great weather, big crowds and another year of new traditions being made. We extend our thanks to everyone who made it possible, including the vendors, volunteers and patrons.”