While Milton Days has become ubiquitous with the city, when the weather cools citizens have another event that has been a part of Milton for more than two decades, the Milton Craft and Gift Bazaar. The annual bazaar has emerged as a must-attend event for the city, filling city hall with vendors and crafts of all kinds. Whether it be new art to fill up your house, or an annual bake sale put on by the Milton Events Committee, the great thing about the bazaar is that it has something for everyone.
This year marks the 26th anniversary of the Milton Craft and Gift Bazaar and it will take place on Friday, Oct. 8 from noon to 7:30 p.m. and Saturday, Oct. 9 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Milton Activities Center at City Hall.
“The thing that makes the craft bazaar great is the consistency of it – it’s primarily local crafters and it’s growing every year, bursting at the seams,” Events Committee Chair April Balsley said.
For more than 20 years the bazaar has served as an opportunity for the community to come together to not only bond, but to exhibit and exchange various crafts and talents.
“Finding new crafts that people have come up with is always my favorite, like last year we had potato cloths that you use to cover potatoes in the microwave, or handmade dish scrubbers. There are always amazing ornaments and we have a candy stand vendor that’s been coming for many years,” Balsley said.
Walking into the bazaar is almost like walking into a sea of blue and green, as Seahawks football themed crafts are a constant, just in time to celebrate the season. But the sports trinkets far from dominate the bazaar that offers a cornucopia of different crafts and gifts in keeping with the whole purpose of the Bazaar.
As always, the Senior Activity Board will be providing lunch for citizens stopping by the Milton Activities Center on Saturday and if you’re still hungry, be sure to check out the Milton Events Committee bake sale, which will not only provides some tasty treats, but also helps fund other events throughout the year. On Friday, Oct. 8 after a day of shopping citizens are invited to watch a live music performance in the MAC parking lot, allowing everyone to mingle with the community.
“It’s an amazing opportunity to come out and meet local government officials, experience the community and get your holiday shopping in,” Balsley said.
The bazaar serves as an event for the whole family – adults can shop while kids can enjoy a variety of activities to entertain them, including the annual pumpkin painting with the mayor and a photo booth, not to mention the variety of treats available for purchase.
If you would like to be a vendor at the craft bazaar, the application is due by Sept. 30 with a $40 application fee. A photo of your craft must also be submitted.
For more information visit www.cityofmilton.net/craft-bazaar-2.