Whether shopping for Mother’s Day, getting an early start to Christmas, or just looking around, the Madisonville Arts and Crafts Fair could have it all.
For the second year in a row, the fair will take place from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday, April 30 at the TC Mini Mart parking lot near Todd’s Furniture.
Beth Simon, one of the fair’s organizers, said they already had about 37 vendors signed up to participate.
“We have a lot of new suppliers this year that weren’t with us before,” she said.
Through the Facebook page and sharing on other sites, as word spreads people want to join in, she said.
Simon is from California and saw last year that there weren’t many craft fairs in the area, so she decided to start one herself. She now organizes the events with Kelly Oldham and Katie Mikkelson.
“My intention at the beginning was that I like to sew, and I like to craft, and I like to share the things that I do with people,” she said. “There was a degree of community where people also felt the same way.”
This year, kiosks will be set up to sell items of all kinds ranging from embroidery, woodworking, cartoons, sewing, jewelry, Tupperware, knitting, wreaths, candles, soaps and paintings. She said that this year they will also have a food vendor for the first time, Sweet Soul Confections by CiCi Childers.
“We can’t wait to have him with us as a first-time seller,” Simon said.
The fair will also have local children selling things they’ve made like cozies and keychains. She said she helped them learn to sew and they were excited to sell at the craft fair.
This fair takes place just before Mother’s Day, so people can look for a present for their own mother, or if they are planning, they can start shopping for Christmas or birthday presents.
“I hope this encourages people to come and start their gift shopping,” Simon said.
She said a lot of vendors will do custom work, so if a vendor doesn’t have what the customer wants, they can customize it.
For more information or to stay in touch, follow the Madisonville Arts and Crafts Faire on Facebook.