INDEPENDENCE, Mo. - Thousands of people spent at least part of their Labor Day weekend celebrating in the streets of Independence.
The 40th annual Santa-Cali-Gon Days festival wrapped up Monday afternoon on the Independence Square.
The festival celebrates Independence as the starting point of three trails -– the Santa Fe, California and Oregon -- that took pioneers west during the 1800s.
More than 300 commercial vendors took part, as well as artists from around the Midwest.
"The food vendors, some of them are out of product and have had to go back to resupply and restock,” Festival Director Teresa Freeland said Monday. “The crafters and the market vendors, they're ecstatic because people are buying.”
About 225,000 people visit Santa-Cali-Gon Days every year.
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