Craft fair draws a crowd

The aroma of fried food and cinnamon floated through Grand Haven’s Central Park on Friday.
Krystle Wagner
Aug 2, 2014


Wall-to-wall vendors set up tents with paintings, crafts, jewelry and food as community members and visitors slowly walked along the park’s walkways for the Coast Guard Craft Fair.

The event continues today from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Grand Haven resident Rachel Letsche said her family attends the craft fair almost every year. Letsche, who bought necklaces and a gift for a friend, said she likes looking at jewelry, as well as homemade crafts created from items around the house.

“It’s cool to see what people can do with imagination,” she said.

The smell of hot dogs and fair food intensified as the afternoon sun beat down.

Kim Gaver; her 20-year-old daughter, Ellery; and her mother, Sue, sat in the shade under a tree to eat lunch. Gaver said the craft fair is one of the festival events they try attending almost every year because there’s a good selection of vendors from throughout the country.

Although they enjoy looking at what the vendors have to offer, Gaver said they don’t have a method of maneuvering around the park. She said they like looking at the paintings and pictures.

“They’re so fun to look at,” she said.

As potential customers walked into the Little Bowtique tent looking at tutus and hair bows, Julie Perry and Rachel Walter knotted pink and purple tulle for new tutus.

Read the complete story in Saturday’s print or e-edition of the Grand Haven Tribune.

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The city of Grand Haven should ban the use of ribbon and tape during the Coast Guard Festival. There is tape on the streets, grass and sidewalks, what a mess.
This practice should be banned, what a disgrace and eyesore!!!!


It would be nice to attend but the space would not allow the use of a handicapped cart. Tried to go one time but people were annoyed as I tried to manuver.


And I agree with the banning of tape and spot saving.


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