People put their worries aside at Gypsy event in Jackson, MO - KFVS12 News & Weather Cape Girardeau, Carbondale, Poplar Bluff

People put their worries aside at Gypsy event in Jackson, MO

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The Gypsy Sun Caravan made a stop in Jackson, Missouri on Saturday, August 20 at the Jackson City Park, bringing in more than a thousand people to the event.

This was a unique event, as people in attendance came for a carefree time and to meet new people.

Some at the event said the experience is what helps them heal and deal with life's struggles.

One woman said she is mentally disabled and to have carefree times an event like this is what is needed for her to cope.

"One thing I've learned since I've been diagnosed with a mental illness is that most people have a mental illness that haven't been diagnosed yet. It's called life. And so everybody, everybody belongs," Jessica Bauwens of Cadet, Missouri said.

Bauwens has multiple mental illnesses, including a multiple personality disorder. She said this event is for everyone to get to know each other no matter who they are or what they are dealing with.

"It is a way for everybody to belong," Bauwens said. "Everybody belongs somewhere and in this world. Everybody's a person and everybody should belong somewhere."

While the band called Frago was playing, people were also checking out the many unique vendor items and dancing. Ciara Cooley of Cape Girardeau seemed to be letting all her worries disappear while she danced with her hula hoop.

"I can flow and get in touch with Mother Nature and meet new people," Cooley said. "It's so free. You can just come in here and enjoy your time. Nobody is going to judge you here."

Cooley even said many seemed to indulge in the culture and were wanted to become educated about the Gypsy lifestyle.

"It teaches a lot about culture and social anxiety and just how, there's a lot of evil going around with the news right now and I think this is how to look at the brighter side of things," Cooley said. "Like the world's not so bad you know. Gives people hope I feel like."

The Gypsy Sun Caravan is scheduled to make a couple more stops in the Heartland in the coming months, including ones at Ste. Genevieve and Fredericktown.

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