Street Fair attracts Missouri’s crafters

BBQ buffs, expectant mothers, jewelry enthusiasts and even would-be fairy princesses will all have something to look forward to at this year’s Fulton Street Fair.

Fulton Street Fair vendor chair Michael Boyce said that this year’s vendor lineup will feature a plethora of jewelers and food booths, along with some new sights, such as “Everything Babies,” a custom baby shower gift boutique, and “A Fairytale Explosion,” a costume, toy and decoration shop based out of Springfield.

While a larger than usual number of jewelry vendors will be present, anything from leather goods, clothing, Native American crafts, local churches and politicians will greet fair patrons. Even a local Relay for Life team will sell handmade crafts to raise funds for cancer research.

Fulton Street Fair committee member Melissa Siegel agreed.

“We’re successful at getting vendors because of our location. We attract people all over mid-Missouri, and as far away as Illinois. Most are from the Lake of the Ozarks, and Laurie on up through Mexico. Regionally, we’re a good 16-minute drive from so many communities that have good crafters and vendors.”

Boyce said that about 65 to 75 of the 95 vendor spaces have already been taken, which is plenty to fill Court Street, but registration was slightly down from years past. Though the deadline was officially May 18, it’s not too late for interested non-food vendors to have a presence at the fair — Boyce said they will take applications up to June 5 by visiting and filling out the registration form on the main page.

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