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Neighbors Growing Together | Dec 19, 2014

Craft Fair celebrates 25 years

By Xiomara Levsen | Sep 02, 2014

This Saturday craft vendors will take over Central Park in downtown Washington for the Washington Craft Fair.
“This will be the Chamber’s twenty-fifth [year],” said Dani Kane, assistant director at the Chamber of Commerce in Washington. “The craft fair is the first Saturday after Labor Day so this year it falls on the 6th and goes from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.”
There are a couple of unique things that draws people to the Washington Craft Fair — one being the 25th year, she said.
“I think another thing that makes it unique in the sense for a local event is that it’s one of those events that people know and are aware of but according to a survey that we did last year it’s ‘Washington’s most loved event,’ ” Kane said. “It’s just one of those events that people know is coming. They mark their calendars for it and they plan to be there.”
Vendors from Des Moines to the Quad Cities and out of state will be in town on Saturday and will have a variety of items available, such as wood items, jewelry and quilts, she said.
“I think almost every aspect of the arts and if you can think of a consultant that you’re trying to find and some sort of craft, they’re probably there as well,” Kane said.  
This is also a good time for people to get a head start on their holiday shopping.
“It’s definitely a good time to do that — make your list,” she said. “You can find unique and personalized gifts from crafters.”
There will be food vendors on hand for Washington’s Craft Fair Saturday, Kane said. The Central Park fountain will also be left on so guests from out of town can see it running.
“I just want people to come down and enjoy [the day] in the park and go home happy,” she said.

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