REED CITY — While Christmas themed, the Reed City Evergreen Festival Craft Show has come to mean more the community than just another excuse to celebrate the holiday a little early.
As part of the Evergreen Festival, said Director of Community Education Susie Miller, the craft show has become a “mini-reunion” for many in Reed City.
“It’s a festive way to run into people who you might not have seen all year,” said Miller. “When I started going years ago, I know I would run into people I had not seen all year.”
To get into the holiday spirit, people from all over Michigan come to Reed City for the craft show and festival, said Reed City Mayor Pro Tem Dan Burchett who will have a booth at the show selling handmade wooden ornaments.
“The Evergreen Festival Craft Show invites people from all over Michigan and beyond to experience Reed City at it’s finest,” said Burchett. “The show has a loyal following and is a fun way for families to spend time with each other, enjoy the arts and kick off the holiday season.”
The festival and craft show brings in a lot of business for more than just the artisans at the craft show, said Burchett.
“The people attracted by the craft show are not only supporting our local artists with booths, they are likely to further explore Reed City by visiting our small town eateries and local shops while they are in town.”
The show is expecting to house at least 100 vendors with more trickling in each day, according to Miller.
“I just received three more today,” she said. “We usually get around 100 vendors each year, sometimes a little more and sometimes a little less as last minute things pop up.
But this year you can expect over 100 booths to be selling their crafts.”
The craft show vendors will all be selling handmade or homemade products, according to Miller, with many coming from outside of the Reed City area.
“It’s been that way for at least 30 years,” she said. “But, for me, I can go anywhere and see the manufactured things, and when I see a craft show I wasn’t to see that homemade touch.”
The Festival will take place in Reed City on Friday, Nov. 23 and Saturday, Nov. 24 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
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