Crafts in the Park is this weekend at Lake Shore Park

Crafts in the Park always draws a large crowd looking for handmade craft items at Lake Shore Park. The craft show is from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. Admission and parking are free.

ASHTABULA TOWNSHIP — Craft shoppers will have an opportunity to peruse more than 130 crafters displaying their work this weekend at Lake Shore Park.

At least 30 of the 130 crafters are new, said Candy Arp, of Austinburg, a crafter for more than 45 years, who organizes the show.

This is Crafts in the Park's 11th year.

"We still keep it as a handcrafted show, it's not a direct sales,” she said. "People like the fact that it's all handcrafted and there's no admission."

Ashtabula Township Park Commission's administrative assistant, Peggy Davis, said the craft show always draws a huge crowd.

"It's one of the best craft shows around," she said.

It looks like folks going to the craft show won’t have to pack an umbrella. Mother Nature is going to bring sunshine and temperatures in the low 70s on Saturday and Sunday, according to the National Weather Service in Cleveland.

The show will be open 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. Admission and parking are free.

One of the new crafters this year creates metal art with horse shoes. 

There also will be fall decorations, gifts, clothing, jewelry, primitives, local honey, baked goods and lots more, she said.

"We have different things that we haven't had in the past," Arp said. "I think that will be a real plus to the show."

Live music will be provided.

Lake Shore Park is special to Arp, who has said many times that there isn’t a better or more beautiful park in Ashtabula County.

The artisans will have their tents set up on the lower grassy area of the park, across from the playground.

Last year, about 4,000 people checked out the craft show.

In addition to Ashtabula County crafters, the show draws artisans from Youngstown, Warren, Niles, Canton, Pittsburgh, Erie and more.

The park’s concession stand and restrooms will be open.

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