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Patrons of last year’s Main Street Arts & Crafts Festival gather in Centennial Park in downtown Hot Springs.
HOT SPRINGS – This week’s 43rd Annual Main Street Arts & Crafts Festival in Hot Springs’ downtown Centennial Park is on pace to be one of the largest festivals ever, with over 57 exhibitors, as well as a special guest appearance from Hot Springs’ own Miss South Dakota, Amber Hulse, performing on Saturday and Sunday.
According to the South Dakota Visitors Guide and the South Dakota Magazine, the Main Street Arts & Crafts Festival is listed as one of South Dakota’s Premier Arts and Crafts Festivals. You will want to visit the exhibitors’ booths as they showcase local art and handmade crafts while you enjoy the delicious food items and fantastic music on stage throughout the day. The doors open Friday, June 28, from 12 pm to 6 pm; Saturday, June 29, from 10 am to 6 pm; and Sunday, June 30, from 10 am to 3 pm.
In the early years, only local artisans were involved in the festival, however over the years, it has grown to include artisans from South Dakota, North Dakota, Nebraska, Minnesota and other surrounding states. Vendors are instructed to provide hand-crafted items as opposed to commercial or machine made crafts. The vendor list includes woodworkers, candle makers, jewelry artisans, hand poured candles, embroidery, hand woven rugs, stained glass, custom hand crafted knives, hand crafted jams, pickles and much, much, more. A children’s stage completes the festival with family fun for everyone
The Main Street Arts and Crafts Festival has been a part of the summer activities in Hot Springs since 1976 when local business owner Art and Beulah Donnell wanted to start an event that would showcase the work of local and regional artisans and was featured as part of the USA Bicentennial events, henceforth, Centennial Park was chosen as the perfect site for the event. Over the years the festival has continued to grow with participation by local merchants and individuals who have contributed and continue to contribute many hours of volunteer time to ensure the success of the Festival helping to make the festival a premier South Dakota event.
The current co-chairpersons and standing committee members are: Gerald Collogan, Frank Mason, Vern Hagedorn, Mike Linderman, Pat DeSmet, KC Carruthers, Greg and Lisa Starr, Leon & Barb Melstad, Bobby & Trish Ladner, and Greg Foust.
For more information go to www.mainstreetartsandcrafts.com.