HJ - Craft Carnival 2018

Regarded as Iowa’s largest handmade craft show, the 59th Annual Clarinda Craft Carnival will be held Saturday, Oct. 20, at various locations throughout the community. Doors open at 8 a.m., and the daylong event concludes at 4 p.m. (Herald-Journal file photo)

Given the remarkable popularity of the Clarinda Craft Carnival, the Clarinda Chamber of Commerce has launched a new exhibit that will feature commercial vendors as well as crafters.

The inaugural Clarinda Craft and Vendor Marketplace will be held Saturday, March 3, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Wibholm Hall located at the Page County Fairgrounds.

“We have received numerous requests over the years about hosting an event featuring both crafters and commercial vendors. We have had an overwhelming response from exhibitors wanting to participate,” Clarinda Chamber of Commerce Executive Director Elaine Farwell said.

Farwell said preparations for the Clarinda Craft and Vendor Marketplace started in early December.

“We began planning by placing an initial social media post on our Facebook page inviting exhibitors to register. In addition, an email blast was sent to our existing Craft Carnival exhibitors in the immediate area to determine their interest in participating,” Farwell said.

The number of stands for the new marketplace quickly grew to more than 85 booths. Exhibitors for the event were scheduled on a first come first serve basis. Only one vendor of the same type of commercial exhibit was allowed to attend.

The booths will feature local boutiques, woodworking, jewelry, body care products, clothing, food products, handmade crafts and several commercial vendors.

“The main difference between this show and the Craft Carnival event is only handmade crafters are allowed in the fall show,” Farwell said.

Held each year on the third Saturday of October, the Clarinda Craft Carnival has been a popular attraction for the community for 58 years. The event annually draws a crowd of more than 4,000 people to view the more than 480 booths available at various locations throughout the community.

Based on the initial response, Farwell is optimistic the Clarinda Craft and Vendor Marketplace will become as popular as the Clarinda Craft Carnival.

“The Clarinda Chamber of Commerce is definitely planning on making this an annual even for years to come. This event provides a niche marketplace featuring a wide range of booth offerings to attract area shoppers,” Farwell said.

Admission to the event is $2 with children 10 and under admitted free of charge. A concession stand will also be provided by the Southwest Iowa Humane Society.

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