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Les Artisans Arts and Craft Fair


The Les Artisans Fair is back!  Save the dates for our 2017 shows.

Tuesday, July 4, 2017

Saturday, December 2, 2017

Kankakee County Fairgrounds Expo Center, 213 W 4000S Road, Kankakee, Illinois.
Fair hours are 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.



Purpose

The Les Artisans Arts and Craft Fair

  • raises funds to maintain the BGHS George R. Letourneau Museum and Adrien Richard Heritage Preserve
  • provides local and regional artists and fine crafters a biannual event where they can showcase and sell their work
  • promotes fine crafting and artistry
  • creates and hosts a unique shopping experience that spotlights unique, hand-crafted, home-grown, one-of-a kind items in a pleasant, seasonal atmosphere


Reserve your booth

Booths are available for our July 4 and December 2, 2017 shows. We welcome artists, fine crafters and farmers. If you are interested in participating, download and review the detailed information sheet and mail in your completed July 4  and/or December 2 application(s) and entry fee. If you have questions, contact Ellen Stringer, Les Artisans Arts and Craft Fair coordinator at ellen.stringer@gmail.com.


History

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. The goal of the new coordinator is to build these two greatly-missed events into great shows once again.


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