For the 38th consecutive year, craftsmen and artisans will gather in Kirtland to display and sell their wares at the Village Peddler Festival held at Lake Metroparks Farmpark. The festival will feature the talents of more than 175 craftsmen and artisans from Northeast Ohio and the surrounding states.
Known as one of the best Ohio festivals, it is no surprise vendors travel from many states as do festival attendees. Reid and Nancy Cornelius travel from Mercer, Pennsylvania each year to participate in the festival. Reid has applied his passion for woodworking into making furniture, tables, stools, and a variety of home items with the Village Peddler Festival being one of the first shows he participated in more than 30 years ago. “We are now down to two shows a year and the Village Peddler is one we won’t miss,” states Nancy. “The facility is wonderful and Bobbi Rice and her daughter Heidi, the festival producers, couldn’t be nicer.” Many craftsmen say the festival is the best in the state with a fabulous venue while attendees say it has the most selection of any event they have attended. The meandering pathway and beautiful grounds of Lake Metroparks Farmpark is the perfect backdrop for this juried event.
Artisans and craftsmen will be selling handmade arts and crafts in the styles of traditional, country, contemporary, farmhouse and fine art. Featured items include folk art, flowers, pottery, candles, soaps, wreaths, quilting, dolls, tole painting, stained glass, Shaker brooms, birdhouses, jewelry, original art, clothing, hats, mittens, purses, Santas, snowmen, woven rugs, slate paintings, photography, painted gourds, potpourri, wind chimes, furniture, slate signs, wooden toys, Fall and Christmas accents, vintage finds, garden art, wool appliques, seasonal wreaths, wood carvings, art glass, copper designs, Fairy gardens and more. This year’s festival will feature more than 50 new artisans with new items such as hand-carved wooden birds, antique recycled windows, barnwood crafts, hanging glass terrariums and vintage clothing re-purposed.
Unique to the festival is the opportunity attendees have to meet and talk with crafters, many designing and creating on-site. Charles Fath, of Burton is one such crafter who will be working on-site, sharing the history of his craft, the Shaker broom which has been around since the 1820s. Charles began his interest in his craft by demonstrating Shaker broom making for the Geauga County Historical Society. He now shares at events his knowledge and his products, Shaker brooms, which are purchased for both functional use and decorative purposes. Unique are the handles Charles designs in natural form, painted bamboo and iron.
Each year the event grows in number of vendors and festival goers. New vendors are added yearly so that the show does not become routine or standard. This year alone there are 35 new vendors. What once began with 30 crafters and a 1,000 in attendance has grown into more than 175 craftsmen and artisans with upwards of 20,000 people attending. Festival owner and producer Bobbi Rice contributes the longevity and success of the festival to be the quality of the craftsmen, their love of their trade and the unique products available for purchase. For one special weekend, you can enjoy this “Outdoor American Marketplace” in an incredible setting.
Lake Metroparks Farmpark is located at 8800 Euclid Chardon Road (Route 6) in Kirtland, Ohio just one mile east of Route 306 and 5 miles south of I-90 (Exit 193). The Farmpark will open at 9:00 a.m. both days with the festival opening at 10:00 a.m. daily. Hours for the Village Peddler Festival are 10:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m. on Saturday, September 14th and 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. on Sunday, September 15th. Tickets can be purchased at the door or in advance at Village Peddler Festival.
Pictured In Cover Photo: Charles Fath, of Burton