Community gets excited for arts and crafts festival

Shoppers at a previous Labor Day Arts and Crafts Festival shop around at different vendors booths. This year, there will be more than 70 vendors at the festival. (Pioneer file photo)

BIG RAPIDS — Residents and visitors of Big Rapids will have a chance to shop different vendors and explore their artistic side at the 51st annual Labor Day Arts and Crafts Festival on Monday, Sept. 2.

The festival, which is hosted by the Mecosta County Area Chamber of Commerce, will take place from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Hemlock Park, giving people the opportunity to enjoy the outdoors while also seeing what the different vendors have to offer.

Other than paying for items at various vendor booths, there will be no cost to attend the arts and crafts festival.

“The festival is super family-oriented. It’s fun for the entire community and brings in both locals and people from all over the state,” Jennifer Buwalda, coordinator for the event, said.

The event will have a variety of more than 70 vendors selling unique items, such as gourmet foods, apparel, yard art, jewelry, hand-woven rugs and more.

With an extensive number of handcrafted items to see, the event draws in about 10,000 visitors each year, Buwalda said.

“I’m really looking forward to seeing all the unique products,” she said. “Everything is handmade, and we have visitors coming from all over the country.”

Along with the vendors, the Big Rapids Community Library also will be having their annual book sale at the festival.

Various nonprofit organizations within the community, such as Animal Rescue Coalition and Angels of Action, also will have booths set up to educate festival-goers and promote their cause.

Hosted on Labor Day every year, Buwalda said the event is the perfect opportunity for people to do something different and fun before being shut inside for the winter.

“The Labor Day Arts and Crafts Festival is sort of a last hoorah before it starts to get cold again,” she said. “It’s the perfect time to come out and have a great weekend with your friends and family.”

Along with vendors selling art, people can expect to see a variety of foods for sale at the annual Labor Day Arts and Crafts Festival. (Pioneer file photo)

 

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