A new arts and crafts fair, comprised of more than 16 vendors and non-profit organizations from throughout the Four States, will open this weekend at Meadowbrook Mall in Pittsburg, and a once-popular parade will be among the highlights.
Coal Camp Creations, a new venture by longtime organizers Steve Robb and Edra Meyer, is scheduled for April 1-2. The fair will be open Saturday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Sunday from noon to 5 p.m. A second fair is planned for Nov. 4-5.
Vendors range from Janice Courdin, of Monett, Missouri, who designs and creates custom jewelry for her business, Jac’s Jewelry, to Bill Meyer, of Weir’s Wooden Wonders, to Krimson Kultuur, a student-run business based at Pittsburg State University that sells fair trade items from around the world. Non-profits include such organizations as Mosaic of Southeast Kansas, which helps individuals with special needs.
The event also will feature the resurrection of Pittsburg’s Doo Dah Parade, an event that was popular in the early days of Little Balkans Days, as part of the fair. It will be held at 2 p.m. on Saturday, with participants lining up inside the mall at 1:45 p.m. It’s open to just about anything but motorized vehicles — musical instruments, jugglers, children on tricycles, you name it.
A live auction will be held during the event at 2 p.m. on Sunday.
Robb, a longtime board member for local non-profits and the founder of SEK Art Fest, and Meyer, the coordinator of vendors for the Little Balkans Days Festival and part owner in Meyer Auction Service, have plans to make the fair a continuing unique event for Pittsburg.
“We want to provide shoppers a place to find original and repurposed crafts, arts, antiques, decor, and gift items all in location, and provide vendors a place to connect with those shoppers,” Robb said.
For details, visit www.coalcampcreations.weebly.com, follow @PittCoalCampCreations on Facebook or @CoalCamp on Twitter, or call Meyer at 620-231-7561 or Robb at 620-704-6495.
Vendor registrations are continuing to roll in, and we'd like to introduce another:
Some clients with special needs who attend day services at Mosaic in Southeast Kansas like to crochet, while others like making bracelets and collages. Coal Camp Creations Arts & Crafts Fair is providing an opportunity for them to showcase the work they’re most proud of.
All of the money made from the sale of those items will go directly to the clients who choose to participate, most of whom are on fixed incomes that don't cover monthly living expenses or medical needs, let alone extras.
Stop by the Mosaic booth at our fair to buy a one-of-a-kind creation!