Iowa’s largest arts and crafts show is being held November 18th – 20th at the Iowa State Fairgrounds. This arts and crafts show has been a staple in the Des Moines area for the past 14 years. The event draws in over 300 talented exhibitors selling thousands of unique handmade products. “The products you see here are guaranteed not to be found anywhere else,” says Tom Callahan, Show Promoter. “These are one of a kind, handmade products.” Craftspeople and creators from all over the country are invited to partake in this event. “This is a place where as long as you are making something you can participate, it’s as simple as that.”
Products at the show can range from furniture, jewelry, and artwork, to floral arrangements, books and food. Some notable items from previous years include jewelry made from soda cans, typewriter keys and bullet casings, as well as homemade instruments called Picking Sticks and pottery made on site. “This is a fun show to go to,” says Callahan. “You don’t realize how artistic and creative people can be until you see it for yourself. It’s a lot of fun to see all this talent and skill being displayed all in one place. We don’t offer entertainment at the show because the show itself is the attraction.”
The show runs Friday, Nov 18, from 5-9pm, Saturday, Nov 19, from 9am-5pm, and Sunday, Nov 20, from 10am-4pm. Admission is $7 for adults. Children ten and under are free. For more information visit www.iowastatefairgrounds.org.