Archive for Thursday, October 16, 2008

Booths will offer variety of products

October 16, 2008

There are always hundreds of arts and craft booths at the Maple Leaf Festival. This year, there’s even more.

“We have about 300 booths along Seventh, Eighth and High streets this year,” said Sandy Cardens, who heads that effort for the Maple Leaf committee. “That is about a dozen more than last year. This doesn’t include the booths at the Business and Professional Women area at the elementary school on Chapel Street.”

It won’t be just the same old booths, either.

“We do have a number of new vendors this year with some really beautiful and unique items,” said Cardens. “There are a myriad of jewelry vendors, all of whom have their own original designs, so they’re as varied as the people who make them.

“There seem to be a larger number of booths with artwork, pottery and photography this year, too,” she said.

The booths also aren’t all being run by Kansas natives.

“We have more vendors coming from out of state than we have ever had in the past, so our reputation as a really good show is traveling to all points on the U.S. map,” said Cardens. “We have vendors from California, Maine, Colorado, Iowa, Nebraska, Illinois, Oklahoma, Texas, Tennessee and Missouri, but the greatest number are still from Kansas.”

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