PITTSFIELD, Ill. -- Judi Sutton says the Pike County countryside -- and the treasures -- are just as appealing in the spring as in the fall.
And to prove her point, she helped coordinate the first Spring Pickin Days slated for Friday, Saturday and Sunday across Pike County.
Businesses and vendors, along with yard sales and flea markets, will offer items for "pickin" in 10 communities -- Atlas, Barry, Detroit, El Dara, Fishhook, New Canton, New Hartford, Pittsfield, Pleasant Hill and Summer Hill -- from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday and Saturday and 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday.
Events on the Pike County Courthouse Lawn, including the Pike County Art Guild Kiddy Kraft Korner and the Lions Club Leo's Inflatables, will be available Saturday and Sunday.
"Our little villages are all decked out for spring and summer. We're proud of Pike County. We want people to go up and down all the backroads, see all the little towns and villages," Sutton said.
She sees the event as offering a start toward building more activities in the county and drawing in more people.
"We felt we needed a spring festival. After the winter we just had, we've got to have something to do," Sutton said.
The weekend event grew out of the Spring Fling held by a handful of the county's antiques dealers in March and will be similar to the Fall Pickin Days, spearheaded by Jamie Kattelman of the White Cottage in Atlas and launched in October.
"It's real small this year, but we're hoping it will grow," Sutton said. "I know people aren't expecting anything with the volume the Color Drive had, but who's to say it might not become that someday."