Craft fairs are a wonderful way to spend a beautiful fall afternoon. Wandering the tables, looking at the wares and allowing yourself to look forward to the Holidays. I enjoy craft fairs because I am a crafter (in my free time) and I love seeing what other people make. Many times, I find new items I never would have dreamed of. I appreciate the time and effort taken to make an item, even the smallest of things, by hand.
I find that there are not many websites available to show smaller, local craft fairs held in churches or area schools. Your best resources for those are your local newspapers. Try to pick up one and look for happenings in the area. Sometimes, craft fairs are used as a way to fundraise for charities. Local tourist bureaus and chamber of commerce sometimes have listings also. Posting at supermarkets are also a great place to find information about upcoming events.
County fairs usually have crafters. Some might be vendors and some might just be for winning awards. But if you are craving crafts, a local county fair is a pretty good bet. There is usually an admission fee though to get into a county fair.
One of the best things about craft fairs is that they are generally free admission. If the venue is bigger or if it is for a charity, there may be an entrance free. The other good thing about a craft fair is that you can usually find a bake sale near by. A cup of coffee or hot cocoa and a fresh made goodie can just make my day. How about you?
Here is a brief listing of a few that I did find on line:
Lake Metroparks Farmpark hosts the 28th Annual Village Peddler Festival on September 19 and 20, 2009 from 10 am until 6 pm. They will have over 150 craftsmen and artisans. The Lake Metroparks Farmpark is located on 8800 Chardon Road (Route 6) in Kirtland, Ohio. Their website is www.villagepeddlerfestival.com. I have been to past festivals and it really is a good time. Admission is $7 for adults, $6 for seniors, $4 for children 2 to 11 and those under 2 are free. Parking is free. Lots of food and music and fun things to do.
On September 26, Mary Yoder’s Amish Kitchen in Middlefield, Ohio is having a customer appreciation day from 11 am until 3 pm. They are located at 14743 N. State Street. They will have all sorts of fun things to do that are free. Crafters will be on the porch.
Saint John Byzintine Church Winter Craft Fair is held at 36125 Aurora Road in Solon, Ohio, from 9 am until 3 pm on November 14. Admission is free.
On December 2, Crossroads Country Café at 15916 West High Street in Middlefield, Ohio will be hosting a Santa’s Holiday Workshop with many local artisans there selling their goods. You can expect good food and music too. The kids can visit Santa. This event is from 5 pm until 9 pm. You can find out more at www.middlefieldmagic.com
These are only a few of the local offerings. I hope that the information helps you find some wonderful, local craft fairs in your area. I can tell you they may not be easy to find, but well worth the effort.