MARYSVILLE — In spite of the day’s cold downpour, the annual Spring Craft Show at the Ken Baxter Community Center drew an estimated 1,000 attendees on April 13, with double the number of vendors to meet them compared to the previous year.
“Our vendors were incredibly good sports,” Marysville Recreation Coordinator Maryke Burgess said. “Last year, we had about 30 vendors, but this year it went up to 60. Our furthest vendors came from Tacoma and Concrete, but many are local to Marysville, Everett, Camano Island and Snohomish. We had a very respectable, steady crowd of shoppers as well.”
According to Burgess, the weather only moderately impacted the event, and she cited the high spirits of customers and vendors alike, which were further bolstered by the presence of a clown twisting together balloon animals to bring cheer to kids of all ages.
Teria Huaracha, of Huaracha Studio, reported that she enjoys coming to the craft shows presented by the city of Marysville’s Parks and Recreation Department because she “always does well here” selling her purses and leather accessories, and she loves to support the local community.
“Teria is a customer favorite, and the show wouldn’t be the show without her,” Burgess said. “Other popular vendors who customers request to see include Scrapwood Studio’s Lori Burkheimer, who does miniature gardens and wood art, and Debbie Roscoe of Eugenie Savon, a soap-seller whose customers will actually call in advance to see if she will be a vendor.”
Burgess credited the Hillside Church with providing food and music that complimented the atmosphere of the craft show, whose sales of candles, sculptures, ironwork, jewelry, scarves and garden art she sees as one of many local events in April that serve to signify that spring has arrived in Marysville.
“We’re all ready to get outside and enjoy the season,” Burgess said. “People are thinking about their gardens and tulips and outdoor projects. It’s an excuse to see everyone after being inside so long over the winter.”
One new wrinkle of this year’s Spring Craft Show is that the number of outdoor vendors tripled, with nearly 40 outdoor vendors compared to the 20 who were indoors.
“We had outdoor vendors for the first time last year,” Burgess said. “I’d like to think that this a vendor’s show, because the vendors and artists seem to really enjoy themselves here and get a lot out of it. Vendors meet other talented folks, and they network and learn about other shows coming up. It’s the perfect event for both new and seasoned vendors to come together, and we try to take good care of everyone because we want them to come back for future shows. The public enjoys having a place to go, too.”
Burgess again expressed her appreciation to the day’s attendees for braving the elements to support this annual event.