The 33rd-Annual Jane Lew Fireman’s Arts and Crafts Festival is kicking off this Friday, at 10 a.m., in Jane Lew. Over 250 vendors will set up booths at Jane Lew Park and the Jane Lew Volunteer Fire Department.
Organizer of the event, Ellen Ball, said they were able to add more vendors due to the JLVFD extending the vendor area. Ball said they were still accepting vendor applications up until Monday, Aug. 28.
This is the biggest fundraiser for the JLVFD, with all application fees donated to the department.
“Anything I can do to help the fire department out, I’m doing,” Ball said.
Juanita Stanley founded the festival in 1984, and continued organizing it until 2000, when her health did not permit her to do so anymore. Stanley asked Ball to oversee the festival that year, and she has been doing it ever since.
Ball also oversees the April Arts and Crafts Show. Some vendors will be familiar at both events, but she looked for some different things this year.
Customers will find a hammock and swing crafter, and a blacksmith that are both new this year.
The old favorites will be there, as well, including pottery, candles, pewter, quilts, leather, baskets, jewelry, soaps and lotions, and wood products. There will also be several kinds of food available.
Vendors come from New York, Florida, and all points in between, with some customers traveling from Alaska just to come to Jane Lew for the Arts and Crafts Festival.
“People come from everywhere,” Ball said.
Event hours are Friday and Saturday from 10 a.m. until 7 p.m., and Sunday from 10 a.m until 5 p.m. Admission is free.