Red Wing collectors gearing up for ‘CrockFest’

RED WING, Minn. – The Red Wing Collectors Society is announcing Maple City Pottery of Monmouth, Ill., is sponsoring CrockFest – Friday, July 12, 2013 – held in conjunction with the organization’s annual Convention, Diggin’ Red Wing, slated for July 11-13 in Red Wing, Minn.

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CrockFest was launched last year as a celebration of the Red Wing Collectors Society’s 35th Anniversary to bring the Red Wing collectors and the City of Red Wing together to celebrate the organization’s milestone and the rich pottery history of the city. On the success of the event, the RWCS wanted to make this community and collector event permanent for future Conventions, but it needed a sponsor.

On the heels of Red Wing Stoneware and Red Wing Pottery becoming sponsors of the overall 2013 Convention, Stacy Wegner, RWCS executive director, approached RWCS Commemorative Manager Bob Morawski about the possibility of Maple City expanding their participation in Convention. From that, the sponsorship of CrockFest became a reality.

A collection of lamps by Maple City Pottery (Photo courtesy Maple City Pottery).

A collection of lamps by Maple City Pottery (Photo courtesy Maple City Pottery).

“We are very excited to grow our relationship with the Red Wing Collectors Society by sponsoring CrockFest!” said Mellissa Schrock of Maple City Pottery. “We have our pottery wheels spinning with ideas for a limited edition piece for the event.”

“I knew they would be as excited as we were to keep this exciting event going for 2013 and take a more active role in the Convention in Red Wing,” said Bob Morawski, commemorative manager. CrockFest 2013 will be Friday, July 12 from 5-9 p.m. in Red Wing Central Park, Red Wing, Minn. The Cruisers will return for a live performance. Meatheads Meats and Deli and Liberty’s Restaurant have already signed on as food vendors for 2013, and more vendors are expected.

Maple City Pottery was founded in 1987 and is located Monmouth, Ill. The Pottery produced the RWCS annual commemorative for more than thre years. Last year, Maple City Pottery commemorated the 10,000 piece made for the Red Wing Collectors Society in conjunction with their respective anniversaries.

The Red Wing Collectors Society Convention is slated for July 11-13, 2013, at Red Wing High School in Red Wing. To learn more about CrockFest, the annual Convention, or the Red Wing Collectors Society, visit or contact 800-977-7927 or