• Red & Black Staff

Elevate Artisan Market to be held later this month

This year's Elevate Artisan Fair is coming up later this month and will be held on October 31 from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. at the Maisie Daze Fleecery in Cairo (644 Hall Road). Admission will be $3 per vehicle.

According to the Maisie Daze Fleecery, host of the yearly event,

"Elevate Artisan Market is an intentional gathering of local artists, craftsmen, and artisans. Come meet some of the most talented people in our area and see live demonstrations of their crafts."

As the event's website explains, "All products will be unique, locally-created, and the result of someone’s passion for their art," rather than "flea market or pre-manufactured items."

Some of the vendors you can expect to see include "painters, potters, woodworkers, jewelry makers, metal workers, sculptures, fiber artist, gourmet food creators, and more."

Other popular annual events such as the Cairo Christmas Parade and Boo on Broad have been recently cancelled amid the COVID-19 Pandemic, but according to the event's official Facebook page, organizers met with State Public Health Department officials and support staff and concluded that the event could be held safely with certain precautions.

"There will still be tons of great food, but fewer artists than last year. Our trademark quilt covered hay bales, rocking chairs and benches will be nowhere in sight, there will be lots more handwashing stations scattered around and we hope to see each and every one of you wearing a mask," a post from October 2 states.

"We're excited to be able to add a little bit of normalcy back into our lives, but we're going to be smart about it and we need you to help us."

As of October 16, around 135 artists were expected to gather for this year's Artisan Market. Many of the artists will be handing out treats for young children and trick-or-treaters. Attendees will also be able to interact with the Maisie Daze Fleecery alpacas and llamas scattered around the pecan orchard that is the backdrop for the event.

"There's plenty of good food and snacks for everyone! It's a great day for the entire family!" a Facebook post from October 13 stated.

Some of the vendors to look for at this year's Market include Kevin Alford Wood Turning, Noraime Rubi-Mooney of Mermaid Soapworks, Richard Hill of The Glassworkz, Glenda Powers of Cakes for You, and Kristin Bailey of Uthando Jewelry. See the slideshow below for images of these artists' work, and visit the Elevate Artisan Market Facebook page for much more photos and information on vendors.

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