Artisans and craftsmen from more than four states will be featured at this quaint outdoor American marketplace known as the Village Peddler Festival
Kirtland, Ohio – The second weekend in September brings people and crafters from all over to Kirtland, Ohio where the 32nd Village Peddler Festival will be held on September 14 (10am-6pm) and September 15 (10am-5pm) at Lake Metroparks Farmpark. The festival spans the beautiful Farmpark hillside with continuous tents of handmade treasures and unique items. Staged as the perfect venue, the hillside’s beauty and charm compliment the festival’s unique character. Food matched to the yesteryear theme with dining under the trees, live folk music and harvest market complete the festival.
Known as one of the best Ohio festivals, it is no surprise more than 175 juried craftsmen and artisans travel from all over Ohio, New York, Pennsylvania, West Virginia and Michigan to Lake County to sell their wares. All items are American handmade in the styles of Americana, traditional, country, Victorian and primitive. Featured items include folk art, baskets, herbs and flowers, pottery, candles, copper art, stone garden barns, soaps, cards, wreaths, quilting, dolls, toys, teddy bears, black bear art, tole painting, stained glass, blown glass, primitives, Shaker brooms, wheat weavings, birdhouses, jewelry, angels, clothing, Santas & snowmen, miniatures, furniture – tables, benches, stools, shelves, woven rugs, slate paintings, photography, painted gourds, potpourri, Fall and Christmas accents, vintage finds, 18th and 19th Century decorative painting, stone carvings, garden art, wool appliques, woven clothing, a silhouette artist
and more. The hundreds of craft selections available offer an early opportunity for holiday gift purchases along with everyday shopping.
Stroll the shaded paths of the festival while enjoying old time folk music performed by guitarist and soloist Bev Newbold both Saturday and Sunday from 10am-12pm and Saturday from 4pm-6pm along with Sunday from 4pm-5pm. The Silver String Band will perform both Saturday and Sunday from 12noon–4pm.
Not only will the air be filled with music but also the aroma of food cooking over open fires, sure to tantalize the appetite. An array of food vendors will offer up delicious food selections such as creamed chicken and biscuits, gourmet pizza, smoothies, pulled pork, french fries, homemade pies, ice cream, fresh lemonade, kettle corn, fudge and apple fritters. Visit the harvest and gourmet market filled with locally grown produce, plants, fresh and dried flowers, honey, maple syrup, jams, dips, cookies, breads and more.
The Village Peddler Festival is built on quality, uniqueness, and tradition. “Many people plan their fall around the Festival and attend every year,” states Roberta Rice, festival producer. “The beautiful location, unique shopping experience and easy accessibility from Cleveland, Akron and western Pennsylvania make for a wonderful day excursion. All daily Farmpark activities on the 235 acre family friendly facility, wagon rides and corn maze are included at no additional cost to festival attendees. The festival captures America at its best and is guaranteed to charm attendees back to the simple way of life.
Bring the family and enjoy this quaint outdoor American marketplace in an incredible fall setting. Festival sponsors are Cleveland Magazine, Lake County Visitors Bureau, Ohio Magazine, The News-Herald and The Lake County Women’s Journal. Admission is $7, seniors (over 60) $6, children (2-11) $4 and children under 2 are free. Parking is free with gate drop-off and handicapped spots available. Groups and tours are welcome.
Lake Metroparks Farmpark is located at 8800 Euclid Chardon Road (Route 6) in Kirtland, Ohio just one mile east of Route 306 and 5 miles south of I-90 (Exit 193). For more details and information visit www.villagepeddlerfestival.com or call 800-366-3276.