In 1996, the Greater South Haven Area Chamber of Commerce began coordinating this two day craft fair as an additional attraction offered during the Blueberry Festival, as well as a fund-raiser for both the Chamber of Commerce and the National Blueberry Festival Committee. This important economic generator attracts about 15,000 people from around the region who come to peruse and purchase goods from over 140 artisans located in picturesque Stanley Johnston Park.
Each Labor Day Weekend the Chamber of Commerce coordinates this two day craft fair that brings over 240 exhibitors to Stanley Johnston Park and more than 15,000 people to the South Haven area.
Hosted by the South Haven Area Chamber of Commerce, the 2013 Blueberry Festival Craft Fair and the All Crafts Fair are now open and accepting new applications.
Kathy Wagaman, executive director of the South Haven Area Chamber of Commerce is pleased to announce the Blueberry Festival Craft Fair on August 10 and 11 representing 140 artisans and the All Crafts Fair on August 31 & September 1 representing 200 artisans. For more information about the National Blueberry Festival please visit www.blueberryfestival.com
These two day events are hosted in beautiful Stanley Johnston Park in scenic South Haven, Michigan. The Craft Fairs run between 10:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m. on Saturdays and between 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. on Sundays in the 2013 season.
More than crafts, the Craft Fairs feature not only the handy work of local, regional, and national crafters but also provide a great selection of quality fine arts. Held on the West end of Dyckman Avenue, across Dyckman Bridge in South Haven's scenic Stanley Johnston Park, booths brimming with arts and crafts are nestled amongst the wooded grounds, drawing crowds anticipated by vendors of close to 15,000 during each two day event. On display will be an endless variety of handcrafted items from simple country crafts to paintings, sculptures, pottery, needlepoint, woodcrafts, candles, jewelry and much, much more, “a true eclectic collection with something for everyone!”
The air will be filled with the sweet smells of tasty foods at the 2013 Craft Fairs, from the traditional concessions including elephant ears, cotton candy, caramel apples, kettle corn, and roasted almonds to the more substantial brats, gyros, Greek salads, BBQ pork, chicken, riblettes and more. Be sure to stop by the “Visit the greater South Haven area” booth highlighting local attractions and showcasing why the South Haven area provides a quality of life unique to small town America yet indicative of large city amenities! A stroll through the South Haven Area Craft Fairs provides visitors with a relaxing respite and the opportunity to pick up some unique arts and crafts.
For more information about the upcoming Craft Fairs, call 269.637.5171.