PITTSBURG — An arts and crafts fair is bringing non-profit and for-profit vendors together to share crafty fun with the community.
The fair scheduled for April 1 and 2 at Meadowbrook Mall. A second fair will be in the fall and is planned for Nov. 4 and 5. The two day event will include arts and crafts vendors, a parade and an auction and is free to the public.
The fair is organized by Steve Robb, a longtime board member for local non-profits and the founder of SEK Art Fest, and Edra Meyer, the coordinator of vendors for the Little Balkans Days Festival and part owner of Meyer Auction Service.
“Our objective is to bring in crafts in a place where people can visit away from the hot sun and cold rain,” Robb said. “It is good for the mall and the community.”
Coal Camp Creations, which is putting on the fair, is accepting applications from vendors and non-profit organizations. Registration for vendors is $45 for a 10-foot by 8-foot booth space; table and chair rentals are available for $5 and $1.
Vendors can register for the event at the Coal Camp Creations website, www.coalcampcreations.weebly.com. Deadline for registration is March 15.
According to a press release, for-profit vendors can get a $5 discount off their registration if they donate an item worth $15 to the live auction.
Robb said non-profit vendors may also donate and the auction proceeds are divided equally among non-profit vendors who participate in the show both days.
As part of the Coal Camp Creations fair, they will also be resurrecting the Pittsburg Doo Dah Parade, an event where participants can dress up in costumes and children can decorate their bicycles.
“I always thought that was a fun thing to do,” Robb said. “We would like to bring it back to the community.”
The parade will be in the mall at 2 p.m. Saturday, on April Fools day.
“The April Fool’s Doo Dah Parade is day where you can do silly stuff and dress up like ‘fools’,” Robb said.
Meadowbrook Mall Vice President and General Manager Todd Ewing said that he is looking forward to having the Coal Camp Creations fair in the mall and hopes it becomes an ongoing event.
“We are very pleased that we are able to do this. It is a good event with good organizations behind it,” he said. “This event is unique for us, we have never had anything like this come to the mall.”
— Stephanie Potter is a staff writer at the Morning Sun. She can be emailed at firstname.lastname@example.org or follow her on Twitter @PittStephP.