Las Vegas Craft Festival

Las Vegas Craft Festival

Steve Powers and Company as seen on http://festivalnet.com/47307/Las-Vegas-Nevada/Art-and-Craft-Shows/The-Craft-Festival

Katheryn Ellis and Yaquelin Romero

The semiannual Las Vegas Craft Festival occurred the first week of November this year. On November 4, 5, and 6, the three day show continued Friday and Saturday from 10A.M. to 6P.M., and on Sunday from 10A.M. to 5P.M.

The Craft Festival has been an ongoing event which happens twice a year since 1983, meaning that the festival has been able to continue for about 33 years at the Cashman Center in Las Vegas. It has been sponsored by Steve Powers this year.

High School student Samantha Escobar was one of the younger generations who attended the festival. She attended the Craft Festival with some of her friends.

“I came because I had nothing else to do, and my friend invited me… the Craft Festival seems nice.”

The Craft Festival offers a wide variety of booths ranging from food and clothing to jewelry and games. There is a predominantly older crowd there to enjoy wine and beer tastings, but there are shops with handcrafted toys that target younger children.

One of the booths included jewelry such as: necklaces, bracelets, and earrings made from gemstones like smokey quartz, amethyst, and moonstone. The woman running the booth, Kathleen “Kate” Brening, offered her take on the craft festival and what she does.

“I love it! Yeah, you meet lots of people. I started off originally just as a marketing experience. I wanted to get to know my customers and my clients a little bit better, see which stones were gonna sell, and then it ended up being one of my biggest sources of revenue. So yeah, absolutely love the craft festivals, and farmer’s markets,”  said Kathleen Brening.

This Craft Festival consisted of 150 booths representing 200 independent crafts and workers from seven western states. Admission prices range from: adults (18-64) $8, seniors (65+) $7, children (11-18) $2, kids (10 and below) free. Crafts were available for a variety of price ranges.

Will the Craft Festival ever become unpopular? Kathleen says, “You never know, I think it really depends on the people…I’m assuming that means that in a few years they could be obsolete…but I would hope not.”

The next Craft Festival will be on November 3, 4, and 5 of 2017. See you then Mavericks!