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Chamber Craft Fair has record year

Sep 12, 2017
This year, over 80 vendors displayed items during the annual Craft Fair. Susan Griggs and Meliossa Turner of Blissed Out Movement showed their craft of Yoga during the event.

By David Hotle, The JOURNAL

With a record number of vendors setting up booths in Central Park, the 28th annual Washington Chamber of Commerce Craft Fair, held Saturday, is being considered a success and will return for its 29th year in 2018.

Chamber director Michelle Redlinger said 80 vendors had attended the craft fair this year, up from around 70 at the 2016 event. She said the vendors had come from Iowa, Illinois and Missouri to show a variety of crafts at the event. She also said many of the vendors were local. Vendors have reported in the past that the Washington craft fair is their best sale day each year.

“There was great attendance, great weather, and we have received a lot of positive feedback,” Redlinger said.

She said the tables that lined the sidewalks through the park contained a wide variety of crafts and homemade items. A new vendor offered custom fishing poles and had a fishing booth. Redlinger also said the local business Re-Purpose It had a booth that showed a variety of items that had been created from other items. There were plenty of examples of paintings, pottery, and homemade soaps and essential oils.

In addition to handmade items, Redlinger said vendors for different merchandise was also allowed at the fair. She said that participants could browse their favorite items from Tupperware or The Pampered Chef.

While there was no way to determine exact numbers for the hundreds of people who attended the event throughout the day, Redlinger said the food vendors — including one that had been added this year — had sold out during the day.

She said her feeling is the numbers this year were up from the 2016 craft fair, although there had been rain earlier in the morning during the 2016 event.

This year the rain location was Washington High School, but was not needed.

Redlinger said applications for the 2018 craft fair are being taken for returning vendors. She said they have a week to reserve the same spot they had this year. On Monday, reservations will be open to the public for new vendors. The fair is traditionally held on the first Saturday after Labor Day.

Redlinger also said this year the event had partnered with the Flying Pigs Duathalon and she felt the combination of the two events had gone very well. She said she had seen many of the runners at the craft fair.

“It helps make the event more of an all-day event here in the downtown,” she said.

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