KOKOMO, Ind. — Holiday shoppers can choose from the finest offerings of Kokomo-area artisans and crafters, at the 23rd annual Indiana University Kokomo Arts and Crafts Show. The event will take place from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, November 1, in the Kelley Student Center.
More than 90 vendors will showcase their products. Popular returning booths include Lori Shreve's Boyd's Fudge and Carol Schwarzkof's Christmas decorations.
This year the Craft Show will expand into the IU Kokomo Art Gallery.
“This is the first time that the Art Gallery was free during the Craft Show. The art professors were gracious enough to let us use their space,” said Susan Wilson, Staff Council treasurer.
With this extra space, there is room for more vendors, which means a larger variety of products.
Handmade items include jewelry, glass beads, silver cutlery, woodcrafts, stained glass, teddy bears, American Girl doll clothing, felted wood and cloth purses, tutus, headbands, handmade soaps, candles, birdhouses, kettle corn, baskets, holiday decorations, and many, many other items.
"I think we have just about anything you could want," said Linda Bielewicz, event chairperson.
All vendors complete an application process, and then a committee of the IU Kokomo Staff Council, which sponsors the event, juries the submissions. Proceeds from booth rentals benefit the council's scholarship fund.
The IU Kokomo Staff Council members will also sell cookbooks in memory of their friend and coworker Cathy Archer, who passed away two years ago. Archer served as coordinator of the craft show and was Staff Council president, she was known for her culinary skills. All proceeds from the cookbook sells will go to a scholarship in Archer’s name.
“Scholarships help our students have the opportunity to better their futures,” said Wilson. “This is a chance for us to give them that chance.”
The arts and crafts show is free and open to the public. Each attendee will receive a raffle ticket, to win a door prize donated by a vendor. The Cougar Country Café will be open from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Indiana University Kokomo serves north central Indiana.