More than120 vendors will set up shop on the Herkimer County Community College campus for the 37th annual Herkimer County Arts and Crafts Fair.
“There are several things [that make the fair special],” said Jean Stapleton, event chairperson. “We have a great variety of vendors. We also have a reputation for having such a good one.”
Stapleton, an HCCC professor emeritus, also said the two-day event helps raise money for the college’s foundation scholarships. She said Grace McLaughlin, wife to founding HCCC president Robert McLaughlin, started the event in 1976.
On Friday, Herkimer County Legislature Chairman Vincent Bono handed a framed signed proclamation to Stapleton that declared Nov. 9 and 10 as HCCC Foundation Arts and Crafts Days throughout the county and urged residents to support the event.
The proclamation recognizes “the work of contemporary and traditional artisans and craft persons … as a very important asset to the County of Herkimer both in artistry and economically”
The proclamation also recognized the fair as “one of the best in the State of New York with exhibitions throughout the nation.”
Jan Marie Fuhrer, HCCC development program specialist, organizes the event, which stretches across two campus buildings. The Robert McLaughlin College Center entrance, however, can be used for the event.
About 4,000 visitors show up throughout the event, which is timed just before the start of the holiday shopping season.
The fair, presented by the HCCC Foundation, includes a juried show and features artisans showcasing their works. These works include New York State wines, wooden toys, jewelry, leather handbags, pottery, oil and watercolor paintings, gourmet foods, chocolates and desserts. There will also be dried floral designs, photography and graphic arts, kettle corn, cinnamon roasted nuts and maple cotton candy.
The fair will take place Saturday, Nov. 9, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday, Nov. 10, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Admission is $4 per person and children younger than five years of age are admitted free of charge.
The campus is handicapped accessible with free parking available.
The newly renovated cafeteria on the lower level of the Robert McLaughlin College Center will be open during the event.