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Arts & Crafts in Park: Popular event now in its 35th year

City park in Detroit Lakes has been a hospitable home to the the art and crafts show, which is set for July 28. BRIAN BASHAM/LAKE AREA PRESS

Looking for a little fun in the sun next weekend? Why not take an afternoon to enjoy an event that many in the area eagerly anticipating each summer.

Arts and Crafts in the Park is returning to the Detroit Lakes City Park for its 35th year. On Sunday, July 28, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., the park will be filled with a range of artistic mediums for sale and members of the community enjoying the atmosphere.

“It originally started as a project with the Library Club,” said Carrie Johnston, president of the Detroit Lakes Regional Chamber of Commerce.

The event was later adopted by the Chamber, and serves as a fundraiser for the organization.

According to Johnston, the event usually hosts around 100 vendors. She also said that one of the restrictions of the items for sale is that “everything is to be homemade, handcrafted.” Unlike the Detroit Lakes Street Faire, Arts and Crafts in the Park is not a juried show, which allows for a range from smaller, home-based vendors to larger, more professional trades to be represented in the park.

“You’ll see everything from jewelry, fiber arts or clothing, painting, pottery, refurbished furniture, photography, and wood art,” Johnston said. For a more interactive experience, she also noted, “many booths have some form of demonstration.”

A woodcarving demonstration will be held in the picnic shelter, allowing spectators to experience enhanced aspects of the crafts available for purchase.  For additional entertainment, live performances are traditionally featured as well, and Ecuadorian music has been a favorite in past years. 

Lunch can be purchased while enjoying the park and the nearby beach, and around ten food vendors from the region will be present. Johnston encourages those who attend to “make it your whole Sunday afternoon,” as it provides a unique opportunity to support and enjoy the community.

The Detroit Lakes Chamber of Commerce has formed connections with Pelican Rapids, which hosts a similar event on the same weekend. Both communities have collaborated, attracting a larger number of booths while providing opportunities for vendors to spend a weekend sharing their talents and crafts with the area.

“It really is something the community looks forward to,” Johnston said. She added that one of the biggest benefits of the event is that it “brings art to the park.” Arts and Crafts in the Park exposes the community to new experiences while providing the opportunity to enjoy one of the local parks as visitors walk through the numerous booths beneath the shade of the trees.

There is no admission fee charged for entry, and Johnston said that the event will be “held rain or shine.”

For more information, check out the website at, or call the Chamber of Commerce at 218-847-9202.

Libby Larson | DL-Online