HENDERSON, Ky. – If you love crafts, crafts, or just enjoy great food, the Henderson Lions Club Arts and Crafts Festival in Audubon Park this weekend should probably be on your list of things to do. to do.
Only handcrafted items will be for sale; this has been the niche of the event for many years and will continue to be, explained Elisa Snyder, supplier president for this year’s festival.
“We want to keep it from getting too commercial,” Snyder said. “In the past, some people have asked about other things, but we just want this festival to remain what it always has been.”
The festival did not take place last year due to COVID-19, but this year’s event is on, rain or shine. Snyder said organizers expect up to 10,000 people depending on past participations and depending on the weather.
“I think we have a big event here and we always hear people tell us how excited they are to come,” she said. “It was such a huge event for Henderson and since the Lions Club took it over (seven) years ago, I think we’ve been able to start restoring it to how it once was.”
Thursday morning, 108 vendors were lined up for the festival. For sale will be arts and crafts of all kinds: holiday decor, pottery, baked goods, metalwork, wood crafts and jewelry among them. Several vendors will demonstrate their crafts, including an ironworker and a potter.
There will also be a nature stand with live animals and a few other activities suitable for children. And of course, there are plenty of food vendors offering barbecues, tacos, burgers, kettle corn, fried foods, and whatever else you would expect to find at a fair.
“It’s a whole spectrum of food choices and I think that can be a big draw in itself,” Snyder said. “I think there will be people who will come just because they are looking for something good to eat.”
The festival typically draws people from all over the tri-state, with vendors who have traveled to Henderson from as far away as Alabama and Florida in recent years.
Because the festival is so widespread throughout the park, there will be shuttles – open-top wagons – to get people from one place to another. The Lions Club is taking this precaution and several others to prevent the spread of COVID and calls on those who attend to keep this in mind.
“Obviously, if you’re on a shuttle with other people, we’ll want you to wear a mask and wear a mask at any other time you can’t socialize,” Snyder said. “All we ask is that people follow certain guidelines and be respectful of others so that everyone can have a good time.”
Although admission is free, a parking fee of $ 5 per car applies. As a non-profit organization, the Lions Club strives to help those in need locally, especially those in need of glasses and other vision-related expenses. The profits of the festival benefit these efforts.
The festival will take place this Saturday and Sunday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. each day. For more information, visit the Henderson Lions Club Facebook page: www.facebook.com/hendersonlions