Currently, I’m crocheting. Well not right at this moment since I’m typing, but stitches will resume once this post is finished. If you’re a fellow crafter, you see the signs. The blowing off of friends, refusing to make plans, the few hours of sleep for the week before.
IT’S CRAFT SHOW SEASON.
craft show season
noun \ˈkraft\ˈshō\sē-zən\ : an activity that involves making something in a skillful way by using your hands and selling to folks from the comfort of a 10 x 10 canopy tent. Rain and inclement weather is sometimes possible, but highly likely.
I’ve been doing craft shows for the past 9 or so years (maybe 10, but who can keep track). Ever since I was 14, I’ve frequented the fair grounds of the hand-made. During JJCrochet’s prime (high school and a little into college), I was churning out hats and was able to attend 4-5 fairs a year, but since working full time and developing a social life, I’ve resigned to attending one fair.
It’s one of my favorite shows of the year since it takes place in my hometown of Delmont, PA: The Delmont Apple ‘n Arts Festival. After moving back to Pittsburgh, I was also invited to be on the Board of Directors and manage the website for the show (I’m not lying – my picture’s on the site… that I made: http://delmontapplenarts.com/about/board-members/). I keep the site up-to-date with fair info, highlight participating artisans, and attend monthly committee meetings. I’ve been planning this show for the past couple months and it’s been so neat being on the “inside” of things.
If you’re in Westmoreland County or in the Pittsburgh are this weekend, stop by the festival. They have fresh pressed apple cider, over 150 crafters, food vendors, and live entertainment that attracts over 50,000 people a year. Once again, that was FRESH PRESSED APPLE CIDER.
This year, the Delmont Apple ‘n Arts Festival is on Saturday, October 5th (10am – 6pm) and Sunday, October 6th (11am – 5pm). It’s the only show I’m doing this year and your only chancee to pick up a hand-crocheted original by JJCrochet. If you’re in the area – stop by and say hello!
For up-to-date details, check out the Delmont Apple ‘n Arts Festival Facebook Page.