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Bring on the Arcola Craft and Trade Show

Organizers of the Arcola Craft and Trade Show are eager to see the event return.
Arcola Craft Show
The Arcola Craft and Trade Show was last held in 2019 and organizers are excited to host it this year.

ARCOLA - In 2019, over 1,300 people passed through the doors of the Arcola Prairie Place Complex to see all the items that craft and trades people had to offer at the Arcola Craft and Trade Show. 

For two years the craft and trade show were cancelled because of the restrictions that where in place due to COVID. 

Now, it is 2022 and the Arcola Craft and Trade Show is a go. Gwen Taylor is excited about this and hopes that things will get back to normal again. 

This event has over 70 vendors booked, including wood working, pebble stone art, resin art, cotton candy, pottery, Tupperware, Scentsy, wreaths and toques. This list is long with all the different vendors. 

Taylor took over the event in 2010, when Dora McKinnon and Mary Milligan wanted to retire. 

The first year Taylor hosted the craft and trade show, 340 people ventured through the doors, and now that number has more than tripled. 

This year it will be held on Sept. 17 from 10 a.m.-5 p.m., with admission at $5. Children under 12 years of age are free. 

“There will be lots to see and it is a great show,” said Taylor. 

All the money raised from this event will go to the complex, and in nine years it has raised over $40,000. After missing the last two years, the complex also missed the funds due to COVID. 

Food booths will also be available throughout the show. 

They still have a few tables left for vendors, so if you are interested, Taylor will gladly help with that.  

“The tables are very reasonable,” said Taylor. 

Taylor looks forward to seeing a great crowd at the event this year. 

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