The Les Artisans Arts and Crafts Fair
The Les Artisans Arts and Crafts Fair began in the late seventies as a spin-off of a popular arts and crafts booth at Maternity BVM Church, hosted by the ladies of the St. Anne Sodality, at their annual card party. Several of those ladies started Les Artisans as a fundraiser for the newly-formed Bourbonnais Grove Historical Society. The show ran many years at Maternity BVM, then several more years at Bradley-Bourbonnais Community High School.
In 2011, the 4th of July Jubilee merged with the Les Artisans Arts and Crafts Fair. This show had originated as a fundraiser for the Athletic Foundation at Kankakee Community College, and flourished under the director of long-time organizer, Pam Ash. After Pam’s retirement, the fairs hit a rough patch, followed by a decline in attendance and vendors. In 2016 Ellen Stringer became the fair coordinator. The Les Artisans Arts and Craft Fair is now among the best shows in the area.
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Save the dates for our 2020 Les Artisans Arts and Crafts Fair shows. Vendors, BGHS is closely monitoring the corona virus/COVID 19 situation. Currently both shows are still on.
Location: Kankakee County Fairgrounds Expo Center, 213 W 4000S Road, Kankakee, Illinois.
Fair hours: 9am to 3pm. Vendors may set-up the afternoon before shows from 3-5pm.
The Les Artisans Arts and Crafts Fair focuses on handmade items; it is not a flea market or resale venue. The items sold must be the handiwork of the artist or crafter, or grown by the farmer. We will rent a very limited number of booths (not more than 10 per show) to retail home-based businesses on a first-come, first-served basis; only one vendor per business.
We welcome artists, fine crafters and farmers. If you are interested in participating, download and review the detailed information sheet and contact Ellen Stringer, Les Artisans Arts and Crafts Fair coordinator, at firstname.lastname@example.org.