LOWELL | Touching a jeweled butterfly necklace her mother had just purchased for her, 5-year old Kathryn Heuer, of Lowell, smiled and said, "I like it."
Betty Bigby, of Dragonflies, the eclectic shop that offered the butterfly necklace, smiled and proffered a gold pumpkin pin for free.
"You're such a sweet girl," she said.
Kathryn's mother, Samantha Heuer, said, "We've been looking forward to the whole weekend. There's a lot going on."
The Heuers along with grandmother Laura Hall, of Lowell, were among the crowd that descended on the town's historic downtown Saturday for the Lowell Labor Day Festival Sidewalk Sale.
The festival continues Sunday with the Kiddie Parade at 1 p.m., festival rides, entertainment, food, games and fireworks.
Smiling broadly, Ed Houser, of Lake Village, said he had just purchased a small curio cabinet for storing his shot glass collection. His wife, Sheryl, was pleased with a gravy boat and cheese spreader she found.
Nearby, Lowell's Lydia Traicoff studied the wares at Country Cookin' & Backyard Pickin'.
"My daughter told me to come find her," she said of proprietress Heather Tate, as she decided on Tate's homemade apple butter and rustic crusty bread.
Tate said all items are either cooked in her country kitchen or picked from her backyard garden, hence the name.
Clutching a box of model railroad equipment, Lee Winterringer, of Bourbonnais, Ill., said he, wife June and sister-in-law Helen Mooney, of Lowell, were heading to the Lowell Labor Day Festival grounds a block south for festival eats.
"We're going to eat, walk, look," he said.
On the way to the festival grounds at Oakley Avenue and Harding Drive, visitors could stop in at American Legion Post 101 for more shopping, food and music.
At the festival, children rolled through an inflatable, large hamster wheel and checked out the booths.
Bowdicious Boutique's Anna and Sarah Ravesloot, of Crown Point, offered up bows in all forms and monogrammed T-shirts.
Carrie Austgen, president of the Lowell Chamber of Commerce, mulled over approaching clouds.
"We almost lost a food vendor tent last night," Austgen said of Friday's storms.
The chamber is sponsoring the weekend events.
While Saturday's rain shut down children's inflatables and rides, it cleared after less than two hours and the grounds filled with visitors.
"It's cooled down. We've got a nice crowd. Everything's good," Austgen said.