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The crafts fair must go on

Posted by Jan Shepherd  September 1, 2011 11:53 AM

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"These craftspeople depend on their livelihood at shows, so we couldn't cancel this weekend's event," said Laura Arnesen, manager of the Mad River Valley Craft Fair in Waitsfield, Vt.

Only 1 of the slated 115 juried potters, jewelry designers, glassblowers, metalsmiths, woodworkers, and mixed media artists has bowed out, she said during a telephone interview Thursday.

The 41st annual Labor Day weekend fair attracts craftspeople from Vermont and the Northeast and benefits the Valley Players, the local theater troupe. "It's artists helping artists," Arnesen said.

This year's featured artist is silversmith Irene Pluntky-Goedecke, an exhibitor for 25 years who splits her time between New York City and Waitsfield. Held under the big tent at Kenyon's Farm, the fair offers a food court, live jazz, kids' activities, demonstrations, and door prizes.

Mad River Valley Craft Fair, Kenyon's Farm, Rte. 100, Waitsfield. Saturday and Sunday 10 a.m.-5 p.m. $4, ages 12 and under free. 802-496-3409. www.madrivercraftfair.com has directions to the site.


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