Winter Park Craft Fair blossoms to 95 vendors
August 6, 2009
The summers in Winter Park are packed weekend to weekend with concerts and festivals, but it wasn’t always that way.
The summer calendar used to drop off at the end of July.
“Twelve years ago, there were no activities in August,” said Connie Johnson. “That was part of the reason we started the Winter Park Craft Fair.”
At the time, Johnson was in the property management business in Winter Park with her husband, Jim. She was serving as the president of the Alpine ArtAffair, and “we were turning away crafters.”
The Winter Park Craft Fair became a place where the crafters who didn’t make it into the ArtAffair – a juried fine art fair – to display and sell their goods.
Now in its 12th year, the Winter Park Craft Fair has 95 vendors – including several artists who participated in this year’s ArtAffair.
“(The Craft Fair) is a good place to start Christmas shopping,” Johnson said. “There are a lot of jewelers. There is a man that does etching in stone; a couple of people who do birdhouses – one is wooden and another out of rock.
“There are a lot of photographers and potters. We have a couple of kids’ booths this year.”
The Craft Fair opens on Saturday, Aug. 8 at 9 a.m. and continues on Sunday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
The Fraser Valley Lions Club will serve a pancake breakfast both mornings.
The Grand County Historical Association will serve lunch.
Connie Johnson retired from the property management business and hit the road in an RV with her husband.
“We are nomads,” she said. But every August, no matter where they have been that year, the Johnsons come back to Winter Park to host the Winter Park Craft Fair.
“We love to come back,” she said. “We check up on everybody and then go roaming again.”