Historic Main Street in Placerville, CA will host more than 100 artisans from throughout the west on Sunday, Aug. 11 for the 17th Annual Craft Faire. The event, sponsored by the Placerville Downtown Association, will close the street to traffic as the vendors offer their wares in the style of an old-fashioned open air market.
Shoppers can select from needlework, wood crafts and jewelry, among other items. Quilted items, décor pieces, pottery, and dolls will share space with soaps, foodstuffs and candles as well as garden items. Artistic crafts of all types will be on display for sale. Both local and out-of-area crafters will present their wares.
Whether looking for Christmas gifts or the perfect decorative touch, buyers will find a wide variety of choices. The free event runs between 8 a.m. and 3 p.m. Local stores and galleries will be open as well, providing a full day’s availability of shopping and enjoying Placerville’s rich artistic banquet. Look for parking in the town lots scattered throughout the downtown area, although a few may be inaccessible due to the street closure.
While visiting the Craft Faire, shoppers can enjoy the 32 colorful banners hanging up and down Main Street as part of Banners on Parade. This annual event began as Art on Parade in 2005 and has grown ever since. It brings together artists, individuals, businesses, city government and organizations in an effort to promote the arts in the historic downtown area of Placerville. On display through Oct, 12, the hand painted banners will be offered in a Silent Auction as part of the Oct. 19 Art & Wine Festival.
The Placerville Downtown Association collaborates with many local organizations and businesses to offer events that enhance the image of Placerville and remind people of the historic and artistic heritage of the area. Placerville is in the Foothills of the Sierra Nevada, between Sacramento and Lake Tahoe.