Crafting extravaganza

The weekend after Easter will be a little taste of heaven for crafters and people who enjoy all things of the handmade variety when The Big One Art and Craft Fair comes to Minot for its 22nd year.

The craft show will take place April 5 and 6 at the North Dakota State Fair Center. From 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. on April 5, and from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on April 6, and for a $3 admission fee, people will be able to take in the crafty items for sale at the show, taste some homemade baked goods or reunite with old friends. Stacy Frank and his wife, Lisa, are the promoters and owners of the craft fair and have been at the helm for the past five or six years.

The main demographic for The Big One, Stacy Frank said, is women and the show is geared for handmade items. But there are also a few things at the show for men, he added, as well as homemade food that all people love.

“A lot of people create their own food like salsa, kuchen, baked goods or pasta,” Frank noted.

The Big One that takes place in the spring is a little smaller than the show held in November, Frank said. The spring show this year will have about 150 vendors and usually brings in approximately 4,000 to 5,000 people, he added.

Attendance for the craft fair has been increasing due to the population increasing, Frank thought. The increase in attendance has also been due to how great of a show it is, he added, but Mother Nature is also a big dictator to how the attendance will be.

“The real stories of the show are at the show,” Frank pointed out. “People come from all over and have their own stories for how they got there or how they got into crafting. That’s what the focus of the show really is.”

People attending The Big One can expect to see everything. Frank said there is almost everything from A to Z at the craft show, including food, art, pottery, jewelry, furniture, home decor items, clothing and traditional craft items like doilies and blankets. Anything that is handmade can probably be found at the craft show.

There are always new vendors, Frank noted, and usually a different twist or look on a product.

Frank encourages everyone to attend the fair just because of the great opportunity to see and buy handmade crafts. The items are better quality, too, he added, and some items like potato warmers are not found in stores. “It gives people another option to do their shopping,” Frank also said.

“Meeting people, developing friendships with the vendors and talking to people who never miss the shows,” are favorite aspects of the craft show for Frank.