I have been to many arts and crafts fairs. Not having much talent in that area myself, I am always amazed at what people can create with their hands.
Sometimes, though, I am disappointed. For example, among the beautiful hand-crafted things there is a table full of imported sweaters or some guy hawking a crazy plastic toy that 1) will fall apart 10 minutes after you get home and 2) was made not by him, or anyone he knows; but some factory worker in another country.
Also, I get a little peeved when I am asked not to bring strollers to an arts and crafts fair. Not only do I leave the kids at home; I just skip it all together.
This is why I love the Garfield Park Neighborhoods Association Arts & Crafts Fair. This event has been happening for 34 years! It is the single biggest fundraiser for the Garfield Park Neighborhoods Association, and here is the amazing part; it is run by volunteers.
The Fair is tomorrow at Garfield Park from 9am-4pm. It is on the corner of Burton and Madison in the Southeast part of Grand Rapids.
Bring your strollers (with your kids in them; not just to use as a shopping cart) because there is plenty of space and kids are welcome. It is in a park, and just has a great, open feel to it. There is a kids crafters area, where older kids can sell their hand made wares. There is also an area called “Art In The Making” where kids can experiment and participate in creating their own arts and crafts.
Admission is free, and all 150 of the vendors are hand selected and approved and their items must be hand made.
All of the food booths are run by non profit groups; so finally by snacking you can make the world a better place. Be prepared to park a few blocks away and walk, but think of it as an opporunity to walk off some of those roasted almonds you can’t walk by and not buy.
See you all tomorrow in the park!