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Artists' handiwork on sale at annual crafts fair

A coterie of local and out-of-town artists will set up booths adorned with an assortment of handcrafted merchandise for Marion’s 36th Annual Art in the Park and Craft Show downtown in Central Park.

Art action begins at 9 a.m. on Sept. 20 and continues until 5 p.m.

“We have lots of new vendors, I have been recruiting,” Marion Chamber of Commerce secretary Margo Yates said. “There are many new items to see and lots of things for men this year.”

522 Ink of Louisburg, is one new artist which will display paracord items, survival bracelets, dog collars and leashes, belts, gun slings, duck call lanyards, and titanium sports necklaces that might be of interest for men.

Salvage Sisters of El Dorado will have “upcycled” Chalkboards along with other re-imagining items.

Lost in the Fifties of Wichita will have recycled records they turned into coasters and Two Glassie Gals will also return.

Graphic Whimsy of Lindsborg will have photography coasters and dry-erase memo boards.

New artist Build a Locket of Republic, Missouri, customizes glass lockets and charms, and creates new merchandise on site.

Two other new artists from Jefferson City, Missouri, will also attend. Primitive folk art and Christmas décor will be at the Homespun at Heart booth, while aprons and baby items can be found at the Just Stitches booth.

A Hays metal artist that specializes in unique scenic works will have metal art at the Plasma Star booth. Metal farms and ranch toys, and meat smokers crafted by Larry Goodwin of Burns will also be available.

Bob Litson of LaCrosse will bring hand-carved leather items, Rich and Marty Doyle of Concordia will have wooden rocking horses, and dog lovers might be interested in a new booth that specializes in heated dog blankets.

Rawls-Riley Creations of Olathe will have hair socks, Wild Radiance Photography of Richmond will offer landscape and nature photos, and Imagination Creation will tout stained glass all the way from Reedsville, Wisconsin.

Down Under Pots of Andover and Walter’s Pumpkin Patch of Burns will return with popular items.

With 23 varieties of family-crafted specialty cheese and sausage, Wisconsin Cheese and Sausage will be back from Marshfield, Wisconsin.

The food court will offer fresh-made bierocks, funnel cakes, barbecue, fresh squeezed cherry limeades, stuffed cucumbers, and much more.

Patrons can register to win a $20.00 gift certificate, courtesy of the Marion Chamber of Commerce Art in the Park Committee.

Ten certificates will be given away at 4 p.m. and may be used at any booth before the close of the show.

A free shuttle bus service will depart every 15 minutes from parking lots located at Marion Die and Fixture, 421 W. Main, and the Marion Baseball Complex on Eisenhower Drive, just off US-56.

For more information, call Marion Chamber of Commerce at 620-382-3425, or visit

Last modified Sept. 11, 2014