When the cooler days of autumn approach, that’s when the craft festival season heats up. Craftproducers kicks off the Fall Foliage season in Vermont with 31st Annual Manchester Fall Art and Craft Festival. The show will be held October 4 through 6 at Riley Rink on Route 7A, a mile and a half north of downtown Manchester, Vermont. It will take place inside the cozy confines of Riley Rink and expands outdoors with array of exhibitors, the food court and a dining tent, lending a festive mood. There are 40 or so exhibitors outdoors and 110 inside the building.
According to organizers of American Craft Week, “While other industry associations have long touted their products, the craft industry has lacked a single way to be highly visible. Crafts enrich our homes, wardrobes, offices and public spaces. The crafts industry contributes to our nation’s economy and the fabric of our national history. Craftwork is original, beautiful and enduring.” As one craft artist put it, ”this is the creative economy!”
The Manchester show features 140 artists and artisans displaying and selling traditional and contemporary crafts and original art as well as a specialty food section. The exhibitors are a fascinating group of people. “Meet the artists! Hear their stories! And buy their work!” says producer, Tim Cianciola. In fact many customers start and finish their holiday gift buying at the show.
While craft shopping, customers are delighted with great food, and Vermont craft beers. Adding to the ambience there are several exhibitors who demonstrate in the outdoor area.
Once again, the Manchester Fall Art and Craft Festival will be held October 4-6 at Riley Rink. Hours are 10-5 daily, Friday through Sunday. Adult admission is $10, children are free. Rain or shine-inside building and outdoors. Saturday is Health Awareness Day with MVP and its RV and staff sharing tips for a healthy lifestyle. Free parking. No pets; service animals only. Complete information is available at Craftproducers.com.