By: Sheryl Sowell | Category: In Our Communities | Issue: October 2008
Visitors to a previous Crazy for Crafts Fest shop for handmade items.
Though it seems too soon to think about, the holidays are practically at our doorstep. And no one wants to deal with the troubles of last-minute shopping: long lines, pushy people, exhausted store employees, and – maybe worst of all – boring, leftover items to choose from. So why not do your holiday shopping right this year? You can get it done early and find some amazing, unique gifts at Claremore Main Street’s annual Crazy for Crafts Fest.
The Crazy for Crafts Fest is happening Friday, October 31 from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. and Saturday, November 1 from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. at Will Rogers Downs. Admission is only $3, and children 12 and under get in free. Parking is also free.
The arts and crafts event is partnering with Share the Spirit, a local holiday food drive began in 1987 by the Claremore Daily Progress. “Anyone who brings a nonperishable food item for Share the Spirit will be admitted to the craft show for only $1,” says Cindy Bissett, executive director for Claremore Main Street. “We are so excited to be partnering again with this wonderful program. The holiday season is about thinking of others, and the food drive helps ensure that everyone has a good holiday.”
A wide variety of arts and crafts will be available at the Crazy for Crafts Fest: handmade jewelry, pottery, candles, holiday décor and unique gift items, including Oklahoma-made products such as barbecue sauce. “We have many local artists who will be participating, as well as crafters who are new to the show this year,” says Bissett. The event typically has 50 to 80 different vendors to shop from, so you can easily spend an entire day perusing all the items. Concession stands will be available as well; everyone knows how much of an appetite shopping builds.
Proceeds will benefit Claremore Main Street, a nonprofit organization dedicated to the preservation and revitalization of Claremore’s Historic Downtown District. The organization’s goals are to promote economic growth and the well-being of Claremore, preserve and improve the historic value of its downtown, create a quality business environment for both businesses and consumers, and be an ever-expanding informational resource for the downtown area. The area includes three blocks of significant historic architecture on Will Rogers Boulevard, as well as the historic Belvidere Mansion, The Pink House and the Lynn Riggs Museum. Having just undergone a streetscape project, Claremore’s Main Street has never looked better.
Don’t miss the annual Crazy for Crafts Fest October 31 and November 1 at Will Rogers Downs, located at 20900 S. 4200 Rd. in Claremore. Attending the event just might prevent you from going crazy from stress this holiday season! For more information about the festival, call Claremore Main Street at (918) 341-5881.
Sheryl Sowell was born and raised in Tulsa, OK. She graduated from Will Rogers High School and received her Bachelor of Arts in English from Northeastern State University in 2007. She has worked for Value News as editor, writer and advertising copywriter since 2008. She enjoys meeting and interviewing people for Value News articles, learning about their backgrounds, and helping to promote their businesses and local events. In her free time, she enjoys reading, trying new recipes and crafts from Pinterest, attending concerts and sporting events, and spending time with family and friends. Sheryl lives in Tulsa with her fiancé Paul, their daughter Scarlett, and their two dogs, Gunner and Boo.