Fall Festival: Arts and craft vendors come from near and far


By Maddie Yerant

Fall Festival-goers will be able to check out the creativity of local and regional vendors at the Arts & Crafts area.

Stationed west of food alley, the Arts & Crafts area will feature several different vendors selling a range of items including handmade jewelry, knitted items, furniture and more, according to Fall Festival chair Tim Reinhart. It will be open from noon to 6 p.m. Sept. 12 and noon to 5 p.m. Sept. 13.

“It’s designed toward vendors that are manufacturing arts and crafts – not only commercial arts services,” Reinhart said. “It’s more tailored to groups where these people make jewelry or knitted scarves or items more like that.”

According to Reinhart, jewelry in particular is a hit with people attending the festival.

“The jewelry is very popular,” Reinhart said. “We usually have two or three different types of jewelry groups coming.”

According to Reinhart, this year’s selection includes pieces made from fruit and seeds. Another expected bestseller, he said, is hand-carved furniture.

“I know there’s an outdoor furniture place that should be coming this year, so usually there are some very unique items,” Reinhart said.

Some of these items may even be fit for the festival’s youngest attendees.

“I know there’s handmade baby items,” Reinhart said. “Baby clothes are usually popular as well for people who attend the fair.”

According to Reinhart, most of the vendors come from the Zionsville area, but some make a much longer trip to the festival.

“There’re vendors coming from as far as Chicago, so maybe there’s some vendor that we haven’t seen in Boone County, or new ideas or products,” Reinhart said. “So that’s exciting.”

Reinhart said he hopes the location and vendors encourage as good an audience as the area saw last year.

“There was a very good turnout last year in the arts and crafts area,” Reinhart said. “The vendors appreciated the location and it seemed like the quality of the products was appreciated by the customers as well, so I’m looking forward to a great year.”

Read more about the Zionsville Fall Festival here.


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