Archive for Wednesday, October 16, 2002

Booths are always an attraction

October 16, 2002

There's basically something for everyone.

There are around 200 booths at the Maple Leaf Festival, and whether festival goers are looking for crafts or food, there's a little bit of everything.

Sharole Prahl, Maple Leaf Festival committee chair, said the arts and crafts booths vendors are selected from a list of applications. She said the committee looks for good-quality work when selecting who will set up at the festival.

"They must be handcrafted and original in some way," Prahl said. "We're not looking for any flea market-type items.

"We just wanted to continue to have the Maple Leaf Festival be a quality festival in every aspect."

She said the crafts booths will feature everything from floral arrangements, jewelry and holiday home decorations to leather goods, etched glass and fine art.

Many of the vendors are fixtures at the festival and have returned year after year, she said, but there are about 50 new vendors this year.

"We still want to continue to explore other vendors and other products," she said.

The festival attracts vendors from several states like Texas, Missouri, Nebraska, Colorado and Oklahoma. This year, Prahl said, there is one vendor from as far away as Ithaca, N.Y.

Booths will be set up downtown along the sides of the streets, as well as the fire station, Stacy's Dance Studio and in front of Baldwin Elementary School. BPW will also have a selection of booths set up inside BES in the gym.

Booths will be open from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday. The BPW booths will be open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. each day.

But there's more to the booths than just arts and crafts. A variety of food booths are dispersed among the craft booths in the downtown area.

Darrell Bowersox, the food booth coordinator, said the food booths are all local, non-profit organizations that serve everything from funnel cakes and hot dogs to buffalo burgers and turkey legs.

Bowersox said the food is always popular with the festival goers.

"It's part of the festival walking around eating something," he said. "People say I've got to have a funnel cake or I've got to have a doughnut. It's a tradition."

A list of the craft and food booths can be found elsewhere in the Maple Leaf Festival edition.

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