2016 will be this festival's 44th year and The Henderson Lions' second year operating it.
While 2016 will be the Henderson Lions Club's second year operating the Lions Arts and Crafts Festival, the event itself will be in its 44th year of operation. Over the past 40 plus years, other organizations have sponsored this festival, and at one time it was one of the largest in the state.The Henderson Lions Club is working hard to bring this arts and crafts festival back to what it once was; and by all indications, it is headed in the right direction. Our first year saw an increase of vendors of all types; we also increased advertising for this event to ensure vendors had plenty of visitors to see and purchase their products.
We understand that vendors need festival visitors to make their booths worthwhile, and we will continue to work hard to increase attendance each year. The location of this event is key to its success as Audubon State Park in Henderson, Kentucky is the perfect setting with plenty of booth space, beautiful trees and grass areas to relax in, as well as close parking for all who attend this arts and crafts festival. Booth arrangement is planned so all can be easily accessed and nothing missed, making for a relaxing visit.
With The Lions Club overseeing this annual event, community involvement has been a major goal and is expected to increase with each passing year. The Henderson Lions Club may sponsor and run this event, but acknowledges that bringing other organizations to participtate helps make sure this will be exciting and fun for all who attend. There is such a large variety of arts and crafts seen at this festival, and all items from vendors are handmade and one of a kind. This is the perfect time to purchase gifts for the holidays. Bring your whole family and some friends for a day of relaxing and seeing some of the most enjoyable artisans and craftspeople show their wares. There is food, music, fun, and games for all. Also, be and sure and check out all the many activities the 2016 Lions Arts and Crafts Festival has to offer throughout the weekend. Kentucky Art and Craft Festivals. Western Kentucky Art and Craft Festivals.
Vendor registrations are being accepted for the 2016 festival. The fee for setting up a craft booth at the Lions Arts & Crafts Festival at Audubon Park is $100; concession booths are $150. Registration is being accepted on a first-come, first-served basis. A total of 150 booth spaces will be allowed to keep flow and parking at an optimum. Only handcrafted items may be displayed and sold. Checks made payable to Henderson City Lions Club and registration forms can be sent to P.O. Box 842, Henderson, KY 42419. Payment can also be made through our Lions Donation module on this website. Make sure and mention you paid this way on your application.
2015 saw vendors from Kentucky, Indiana, Illinois,Tennesee, Alabama, and Florida. We expect even more for 2016, so get your registration in early to ensure a booth space.
Electricity is available in some locations; please indicate your preference of 110v or 220v on your registration form. We will have an electrician on premises during the festival weekend to help make your stay worry-free. Security is provided each night after closing until morning startup with routine patrols in booth perimeter on a constant basis.
There is plenty of parking for the Arts and Crafts Festival for vendors and visitors alike with shuttle service throughout the park as a courtesy from the Lions Club. Admission to the festival is free, but there is a $5.00 parking fee for visitors good for the entire day of arrival. We hope to see you October 1st and 2nd 2016 at Audubon State Park in Henderson, Kentucky. Festival times are Saturday October 1st from 10:00am until 4:00pm and Sunday October 2nd from 10:00am until 4:00pm.
Take a moment or two while visiting the many vendors and feel free to ask them about their craft. They would very much enjoy talking to you about how they got started and why their art form has interested them so much and why they have such a deep passion for the work they put into it each day. You may just share the same ideas and make a new friend in the process. All our vendors appreciate and enjoy conversing with visitors, and you might find a new hobby you can enjoy as much as the artisans do!
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