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May 31, 2014

Folk Fest and craft show returns to Niawanda Park

Tonawanda News — The City of Tonawanda will hold its annual Weekend on the Niagara event at Niawanda Park, featuring a craft show and folk performances by local artisans and musicians, today and Sunday. 

This will be the craft show’s 17th year of operation. It was taken over by the City of Tonawanda about several years ago, The crafts on display will range in variety from jewelry to wallets to bird houses. 

“Everything just has to be handmade,” said Mandy Lofft, director of Parks and Recreation in the City of Tonawanda. “There’s both arts and crafts, so we’ve had some artists and photographers and things like that as well.”

Everything on display at the show is for sale. The vendors will be up for four awards; best booth, best in show, people’s choice and a founders award. Judges will visit each booth in the morning and come to their decision by that afternoon, according to Lofft. 

To apply crafters and artists must provide photos of their work, their workspace and other booths they’ve run. They must also personally be present to work their booth if they are accepted into the show. This year there will be about 25 vendors, which is down from previous years, Lofft says, because of an unfortunate record of getting rained out. 

The craft show will run from 10 a.m. Saturday to 5 p.m. Sunday. The Folk Festival will take place only Saturday, with Sunday reserved as a rain date. This will be the festival’s eighth year participating in Weekend on the Niagara.

“It’s a great collaboration,” Lofft said. “It brought some attention to the show and it’s a great way to see some new artists. It’s a great day and there’s no better place than right along the river. It think it draws from two different sets of people, and they get to enjoy both (the show and the festival.)”

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