MOUNT VERNON — The south end of downtown Mount Vernon was filled with a variety of vendors for the annual Homemades and Trades Show at the 2010 Dan Emmett Music and Arts Festival. Spaces were filled Thursday morning with booths set up for display throughout the four-day festival.
“We have a near record number of spaces this year,” said Pat Crow, president of the Knox County Convention and Visitors Bureau. “We were approaching 90 spaces (Thursday), and I hope it is a sign of the times, because this all is good for the festival.”
Homemades and Trades Show coordinator Joe Bell explained how they have “sort of shifted locations,” with the show moving its vendors down Main Street and along Vine and Gambier streets; and the arts and crafts displays now being further south down Main Street. “It’s been pretty hot out here so far, but we’re dealing with it,” said Bell, as he was kept busy passing out bottled water and snacks.
Situated in the parking lot along the south end of First-Knox National Bank were tractors belonging to members of the Kokosing Valley Tractor Club. “This is our third year here,” said club member Ned Brokaw. The club has traveled to six shows so far this year and is still scheduled at the Oldtime Farming Festival and the Farm Science Review.”
Appearing at the festival for her second year was Pat Fields with Pat’s Place. Pat’s display has offerings of blankets, pillows, jewelry, recipe boxes, aprons and a few other assorted items. Items are available with fabric featuring sports teams and other insignia, and special orders can be placed if she doesn’t have it in stock. “Everything I buy is through a vendor’s license,” said Fields. “As long as I can find it, I’ll make it.” You may be able to pick up on Ohio State Buckeyes blanket or a Cleveland Browns pillow.