The Jane Lew Volunteer Fire Department’s Labor Day Fireman’s Festival and Arts and Crafts Show will begin Friday, Aug. 31, at 10 a.m. and run until Sunday, Sept. 2. Vendors will sell their items at the JLVFD and at the Jane Lew Park.
JLVFD Vice President Andrew Reynolds said he hopes for a good turnout.
“This is our biggest fundraiser,” he said.
All vendor fees are donated to the department. Juanita Stanley founded the festival in 1984. This is the 34th year for the festival, and traditionally over 200 vendors participate.
Lt. Derek Harbert, the department’s treasurer said plans for the annual fundraiser are going well and 240-plus crafters are already on-board with this year’s event. He said last year was very successful for the department, calling it a “record year.”
“It’s going to be big,” he added. “It just continues to grow.”
During the event, the department utilizes space inside and around its property, as well as across the road in the Jane Lew Park, to bring various vendors of numerous trades for locals and travelers to peruse. Because there is a large amount of pedestrian traffic that weekend, and parking is typically sparse and limited due to the popularity of the event, motorists are urged to take caution.
The JLVFD Auxilliary sets up a booth, where they sell Rada Knives. Auxilliary member Mary Oldaker said they usually sell out each year.
Last year, it rained during the festival, which did not stop the crowds, but JLVFD Chief Mitch Oldaker said he hopes the weather cooperates this year.
“We hold our boot drive during the festival, too, so nicer weather would help,” he said.
There will be a Spring Arts and Crafts Festival in April, 2019, and the JLVFD hopes to see a large crowd of people then, as well.