The rainy weather may actually have helped some vendors at the Jane Lew Fireman’s Arts and Crafts Festival that was held over Labor Day weekend.
This was the 33rd year for the festival, with over 200 vendors setting up booths.
This festival is the biggest fundraiser the Jane Lew Volunteer Fire Department hosts, with all vendor fees donated to the department. Juanita Stanley founded the festival in 1984.
“The weather didn’t stop the people [from coming],” organizer Ellen Ball said.
It was a crowded event, especially on Saturday.
One vendor who set up her wares inside the fire station said the rain drew more people inside this year, and she actually was selling more.
Ball said that outside crafters told her even with the rain, this was their best year ever. One of those crafters has been coming to the Labor Day weekend festival for 22 years.
Plenty of people were still walking between the fire station and the park, however, looking and buying everything from furniture to candles to primitive items. Also set up inside the fire station was the JLVFD Auxiallary, selling Rada Knives.
JLVFD Auxiliary President Mary Oldaker said they usually sell out each year. The firemen also held a boot drive to raise money for the department. Deputy Chief Mike Oldaker said that went really well, too.
There will be another Fireman’s Arts and Crafts Festival, from April 7-8, and the Labor
Day weekend Festival will be back in September, 2018, as well.
The April show will not be as big, but several crafters who participate in the September show said they will be back in April.