Minden Makers Fair should be a community hit

By Josh Beavers

An exciting event in the local arts community is coming to Minden this September.

The Minden Makers Fair is focused on creating and fostering both an appreciation for the arts and a sense of community and connection. The event will be held at The Farm of Cultural Crossroads on Saturday, September 24th from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m..

Elaine Eaton, President of Cultural Crossroads’ board of directors and the event coordinator for Minden Makers Fair, said the event is modeled after the Makers Fair movement that has taken root in the U.S. At the event, makers, whose goods are handmade, gather to sell their wares to the public, artisans demonstrate their craft, and fun activities are available throughout the event.

This is part of Cultural Crossroads mission to “Unite All People Through the Arts.”

Eaton said creating and hosting events like the Minden Makers Fair is one of the ways Cultural Crossroads tries to serve the community.

“All vendors will have personally created the goods that you will see displayed,” Eaton told The Journal. “From artwork, home goods, clothing, jewelry, pottery, stained glass, and much more. If you want to start shopping for Christmas, the Minden Makers Fair is a great place to start.”

Eaton said that in addition to handmade goods, attendees will find several activities and demonstrations to help them learn about what goes into creating art, create art themselves, or just have some fun.

There will be food vendors and demonstrations scheduled throughout the day. Ivy Woods from Rachet City Glass will demonstrate glassblowing; Mandie Ebard will let kids use her pottery wheel; Amanda Peevy will set up her slackline for kids to test their balance.

Brandon Manning will be featuring Mocktail Making demonstrations with his business Brandezvous Productions. Jennifer Aldridge from Turn Up Dance Fitness will host workshops teaching kid-friendly dance moves. Schedules for demonstrations will be posted on social media and in future updates of the Webster Parish Journal.

The Journal will provide more information as the event nears.