COME TO BEAUTIFUL FAIRHOPE, ALABAMA
62nd Annual Arts & Crafts Festival in Fairhope
Slated for March 14, 15 & 16, 2014
Time flies – before long Spring will be here. Spring is nearing and it is always the most favorite season of the year. It couldn't be nicer than in Fairhope, Alabama, where thousands of beautiful flowers, including azaleas, are in full bloom. Come to Fairhope and celebrate the beginning of Spring! The Eastern Shore Chamber of Commerce proudly announces the 62nd Annual Arts & Crafts Festival in Fairhope, which is scheduled for March 14, 15 & 16, 2014 presented by PNC Bank. Festival hours are 10 am - 5 pm daily and there is no admission charge.
Over 230 exhibitors from throughout the nation will bring their best works to show and sell at this prestigious juried show. Live entertainment will be going on throughout the three-day event and unique cuisine will be served up in the food court. It all takes place on the streets of beautiful downtown Fairhope, Alabama. Last year the event attracted more than 300,000 visitors to the area. The festival was chosen as one of the top 20 events in the southeast for March by the Alabama Bureau of Tourism and the event is also one of the top 20 events selected by the Southeast Tourism Society. The festival was also selected for a “Best of Bama” award by the readers of Alabama Magazine.
BRATS (Baldwin County Area Transportation System) will offer a shuttle service from the Plantation Pointe Shopping Center, Ecor Rouge Place Center and Eastern Shore Village Center. All of the parking is free and the locations are less than a five-minute ride away. The shuttle ride costs only $2 one way.
Free valet parking for bicycles will be provided behind the Fairhope Museum of History. Handicapped parking will be located in the Municipal Parking Lot on Bancroft.
Sponsors this year are: Presenting-PNC Bank; Platinum - Grand Hotel Marriott, Golf Club & Spa; Stage Sponsor - Faulkner State Community College; Gold Sponsor - AL.com, Ink Works and Alabama Public Radio; Silver - Mercy Medical, Holiday Inn Express-Fairhope, Merrill Lynch Wealth Management, El Mexicano and Eastern Shore Magazine; Dinner Sponsor - Segers; Friends of the Festival - Citizens Bank, Tonsmeire Properties and Centennial Bank.
“PNC has a long history of supporting organizations that strengthen and enrich the lives of our neighbors,” said Cedric Hatcher, PNC Gulf Coast regional president. “We understand the valuable return that unique cultural events including the Fairhope Arts and Crafts have on our local Gulf Coast economy. Today more than ever, the businesses we attract, the jobs we create and the visitors who extend their stay are drawn to this area by the beauty of Coastal Alabama and the outdoor cultural activities we have to offer.”
There will be so much to see and do on the Eastern Shore that folks will want to stay over. There are many wonderful stores and great restaurants to choose from. For complete information on great places to stay in and around the Eastern Shore call the Eastern Shore Chamber of Commerce at (251) 621-8222, 928-6387 or visit the website at www.eschamber.com.
2014 Student Art CompetitionClick here to read about this year's Student Art Competition.
View the 58th Annual Arts & Crafts Festival Video Produced by Battles Wharf Productions