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Neighbors Growing Together | Sep 24, 2017

Craft show promises to be big

By David Hotle | Aug 25, 2017
While over 65 vendors showed merchandise at the annual Chamber of Commerce craft show last year, the event promises to be even bigger this year, with over 70 vendors already signed up for the event and the event partnering with the Flying Pigs Duathlon.

 

 

Washington Chamber of Commerce director Michelle Redlinger said with about two weeks left until the annual chamber craft show begins, more people and displays have signed up to be part of the show than last year.

So far, over 70 vendors have signed up to be part of the show, compared to about 65 last year. As the craft fair enters its 28th year as a mainstay in downtown Washington, Redlinger said the event is the largest craft fair of its kind in Washington. With many of the vendors waiting until the last minute to sign up, she anticipates more than 80 vendors for the show.

“It has been a strong fair for as long as I have been here,” Redlinger said. “I think we are lucky we get a lot of our vendors from prior years and then we have gotten a lot of new vendors this year from word-of-mouth.”

The craft fair will be held from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 9 in Central Park. Rain location is the Washington High School gym. Hundreds of people and thousands of crafts are expected, including homemade crafts, home decor, jewelry, lotions and much more. Redlinger believes there will be many craft items this year that haven’t been displayed in the past. She said one display will feature custom fishing poles. A new local author will feature children’s books. There also will be an expanded number of food vendors on site.

“Also, we are partnering up with the Flying Pigs Dualthlon,” Redlinger said. “We are holding it on the same day.

They are going to start their race at 8 a.m. and we are starting at 9 a.m. They will get back about 10:30 or 11 a.m. We are partnering together and possibly making a bigger event.”

Redlinger said the craft fair will play up the “flying pigs” theme.

The chamber still is accepting vendors for the craft show. For more information contact the chamber office. Redlinger said anyone who has a hobby or makes any kind of craft is welcome.

While encouraging people to shop locally, Redlinger said the craft show is a great way to support local businesses and local artists.

She said many of the vendors are from Washington or nearby communities. She said the vent will be like bringing a large variety of items to the customer with no driving to other areas.

She said the show will feature plenty of unique items that can’t be found anywhere else.

“What is neat about it is a lot of these items have a story behind them,” she said. “As you talk to the vendors, you find out why they make art the way they do.”

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