Holiday fair offers art, jewelry, food

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The Arvada Center is giving shoppers an opportunity to find all their art gift needs in one place at the 34th annual Holiday Craft Fair.

The three-day sale at the center, 6901 Wadsworth Blvd., goes 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 29, and Saturday, Nov. 30, and 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Sunday, Dec. 1.

Tickets to the fair are $5, or free for theater patrons.

The parking is free at the center, and there are no strollers allowed in the fair.

“Last year was the first year we extended the fair to a third day on Sunday,” Kristin Bueb, art market coordinator said. “A have a lot of new vendors this year, but there are plenty of the same artists returning as well.”

Shoppers will have the chance to peruse booths from more than 150 vendors in all manner of mediums, from ceramics and clothing to foods and lotions. There are also hand-crafted toys, teddy bears and dolls clothing for children.

Bueb said that organizers start receiving vendor applications in March, and work until several weeks before the event sorting vendors out.

Return artists just have to apply, but new vendors are juried.

“Jewelry is one of our most competitive areas, and we receive about 50 applications for vendors per year, but only take about 15,” Bueb said. “Jewelry is entirely juried because we have so much interest.”

Aside from jewelry, some of the other items that go really fast are the foods — including jellies, jams and honey — and holiday decorations and ornaments.

No companies are allowed at the fair — the focus is all on handmade items that visitors will only be able to get at the Arvada Center.

“Saturday (Nov. 30) is ‘Small Business Saturday’ and this is a great way to support all these Colorado artists,” Bueb said. “It’s a good time, and a great alternative to the malls.”

For more information, visit www.arvadacenter.org.

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