As always, there will be plenty of craft booths
Sharon Vesecky believes everyone should be able to find at least one craft booth that will interest them at this year's Maple Leaf Festival.
Approximately 400 booths will line the streets of Baldwin, offering a wide variety of items for people to see, eat and buy.
"We've got everything from fudge to jewelry," Vesecky, craft booth co-coordinator, said.
Last year, the festival saw a large increase in the number of craft booths. Vesecky said there should be about as many as were offered last year.
There will again be booths in the Baldwin City Fire Station, 610 High St., Stacy's Dance Studio, 723 Eighth St., and inside as well as outside the Baldwin Elementary School Primary Center, 700 Chapel St. The Lumberyard Arts Center at 718 High St. will also house a number of booths. Also for the first time, there will be booths at the intersection of Ames and Sixth streets.
Booths will also line High Street between Sixth and Ninth streets, and will stretch north on Eighth Street starting at Indiana Street.
Vesecky said the arts and crafts booths' vendors are selected from a list of applications. The vendors selected, she said, are ones with good-quality, handcrafted work.
Not everyone who applies for a space gets one. In fact, she said so many people want to exhibit at the festival that she has a vendor waiting list.
She said the festival committee tries to select a variety of craft booths. This year, booths will feature items like foods, wood carvings, metal art, photography, pottery, clothing, etched and stained glass, limestone rock art, candles, bird feeders and jewelry.
Vendors come from all over Kansas, as well as several surrounding states such as Oklahoma, Iowa and Missouri.
Some of the vendors are new, she said, but others have become festival fixtures.
"A lot of them return year after year," she said. "And they always want their same spot."
The booths will be open from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday and from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday.
Vesecky encouraged festival goers to take advantage of the number and variety of booths.
"I think we've just got a great selection of things this year," she said.
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