8/6/2013 6:01:00 AM Q'site's 2nd annual Santa's Workshop Crafts Festival planned for fall
Joanne Winer QUARTZSITE TIMES
QUARTZSITE - Do you love to do crafts? Have you some homemade items that you would like to sell? The Quartzsite Business Chamber of Commerce will be sponsoring its 2nd Annual Santa's Workshop Arts and Crafts Festival again this fall on Nov. 30 and Dec. 1 at the Tyson Wells Showgrounds.
Last year was the first time this event had been put on by the Business Chamber and it was a huge success, bringing in crafters from all over the place - -many of whom were local residents and visiting "snowbirds" that come back every year to spend the winters, as well as craftspeople from nearby towns and counties. The festival is open to anyone as long as the products are homemade items - no vendors or craft supplies are allowed.
All crafters are welcome to participate after filling out and returning their applications. These are available at the Business Chamber office at 110 W. Main St. in Quartzsite or you can call them at 928-927-9321. You may also reach them by email at email@example.com. All applications must be turned in at the Business Chamber office or mailed to Quartzsite Business Chamber, P.O. Box 2566, Quartzsite, AZ, 85346.
The event will take place in the metal building at Tyson Wells Showgrounds, the second one in from the corner. Space indoors is very limited and preference will be given to those who participated last year. There will be plenty of spaces outside as well. The cost for the festival is only $25 for each space for the two days, a real bargain.
The theme for the festival is Christmas but the crafts do not have to be holiday related. Decorations on the tables with this theme are encouraged. You must supply your own tables and chairs and it is asked that the tables be covered to the floor so it looks really nice.
The indoor selling area as well as outdoors will also be decorated and there will be Mr. and Mrs. Santa and some elves there to greet you, as well as for pictures with the kids if you wish.
The festival will be well advertised in local publications as well as several statewide news sources and social media. Fliers will be mailed out this month to every campground and RV Park in La Paz county and also Blythe and Yuma and several towns up on the northern Colorado River area to hopefully get more crafters to join in the fun and to let people know that this festival is going to be bigger and better than last year and will bring more people to Quartzsite this fall.
All participants will also be asked to send in photos of their crafts they will be selling or at least a list of them so that when the spaces are assigned, there will not be the same things together. Spaces are 10x10 around the building and around the inside walls of the building and the center spaces in the building will be 12x8 in order to leave enough walking aisles. All participants will also be asked to donate one of their handcrafted items for a raffle.
This event is the only fundraising event for the Quartzsite Business Chamber of Commerce and all proceeds will go toward their printing costs, postage fees and other related expenses to keep the chamber going. If you are a crafter and would like to join in, please get in touch and get your name on the list. If you cannot participate but love homemade items for yourself or gift giving, this is the place to come to Nov. 31 and Dec. 1 at Tyson Wells Showgrounds and join in all the fun.