SET IN THE SHADE of the Lovetts’ pecan grove, Elevate Artisan Market will include more than 175 artists this year. (file photo)
The annual event that celebrates artists and their wares takes place in Cairo Saturday with more than 175 different craftsmen and women participating in Elevate Artisan Market. The event that started in 2016 as the brainchild of Cairo’s Della Lovett will have only those artisans who sell items they have made by hand.
Some of the artisans selling their goods Saturday include woodworkers, jewelry makers, potters, quilters, photographers and painters.
Elevate takes place in a pecan grove at Maisie Daze Fleecery, 644 Hall Rd., Cairo, the farm where Lovett raises alpacas and llamas. Last year, more than 4,500 shoppers attended, and Lovett has nearly doubled the amount of exhibition space due to demand by artisans who want to participate.
Shoppers will also have a chance to try their hand at old fashioned games such as hopscotch and horseshoes. Lovett’s alpacas and llamas will also be there, possibly available for selfie shots.
There’s no need to leave for lunch, thanks to a “food court” on the grounds that will include exhibitors selling their handmade creations, from specialty grilled cheese sandwiches to homemade empanadas and beverages.
There is an entry fee of $3 per car, and the hours are 10 a.m. until 5 p.m. A troop of Boy Scouts and other volunteers will be on hand to help with traffic and parking. For more information, visit www.elevateartisanmarket.com