Willie Nelson paid a visit to Junkstock over the weekend, and almost no one noticed.
On a rainy Friday morning, the 84-year-old country legend walked into the antique fair wearing a ball cap.
A woman working the front gate thought it might be Willie, but she didn’t tell anyone. When some attendees thought they recognized him, he walked off before they could confirm it was him.
Finally, one vendor noticed him. She had met him years earlier, and she struck up a conversation. Nelson bought one item from the vendor, walked around some more and left.
“We can now die happy,” said Junkstock spokeswoman Danelle Schlegelmilch. “Pretty crazy, right?”
No one told Junkstock’s staff that Nelson was there until he was long gone.
“(On Friday,) he said he just played Kansas City the night before. He was so happy he could come up because it was on his bucket list,” Schlegelmilch said. “It was such an honor that he made the trip up here.”
Junkstock is a three-day festival of antique, craft and food vendors occurring three times a year near Waterloo, west of Omaha. Live music performances are also part of the weekend.
Festival organizers are going to reach out and thank Nelson for coming and invite him back.
Maybe next time, he’ll bring his guitar.