About The Artisan Fair

This year will be the 13th Annual Effingham Artisan Fair.

It will be held on May 4 and 5, 2018 in Downtown Effingham on the Square.

We hope you’ll join us to kick off the fair kicks on Friday night where  Artisans will be setup and ready to sell their art at 5:00pm.  We’ll also feature several not-for-profits on the lawn to educate the public on all our community groups have to offer. This year we will have Wine/Beer and Bourbon tasting from 5:00pm to 10:00pm with live music. It’s sure to be a great evening to unwind and visit with friends in downtown Effingham.  This year you will be able to shop and sip at the same time.  And as always, there will be a large selection of food for purchase.

The Community Support Systems (CSS) will be holding their Annual Art Auction Friday night. There are CSS clients that have been working on their masterpieces for you bid on. 100% of the proceeds are used to fund the Art Program at CSS.

The fair will open at 10:00 a.m. on Saturday morning with our artisans ready to sell their wares. There will be live music all day and food available for purchase.  The family can also participate in the Kids Korner for free, where children will be able to enjoy "make and take crafts."  Wine/Beer and Bourbon tasting will continue from 11:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. on Saturday. 

 

Event Schedule

Local community organizations will set up on the square and highlight their organizations by providing fun activities and giveaways!

Groups participating include:

  • U of I Extension - Master Gardners
  • Crossroads Quilter's Guild
  • GFWC-IL Effingham Women of Today
  • Poss Music Works
  • Big Brothers Big Sisters of Effingham County
  • Cub Scouts Pack 335
  • Relay for Life of Effingham County
  • Southeastern Illinois Chapter of the Compassionate Friends
  • Freedom 68
  • Handprints
  • Effingham Recycles
  • Stanfield Chiropractic
  • Family Matters Parent training and Information Center
  • Effingham Public Library
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  • Grab a bite to eat while enjoying an afternoon the downtown square.  Participating restaurants include:
    • The Sausage Haus
    • Martin's IGA
    • Dad's Smokin Butt BBQ
    • K'S Vending - Serving Jerk Chicken, Beef and Steak Nachos, Corn Dogs, Rib Sandwiches
  • Sweet treats will be provided by:
    • Oma Gisi's Bakery 
    • Grandma Rosie's Mobile Ice Cream and More

Please join us for our Wine/Beer and Bourbon tasting.  $10.00 will get you 10 taste and a commemorative wine glass. Wine tasting starts at 5:00pm

Music will be provided:

Friday -Abby Dietzen – 5:00 – 5:15pm                                   

                        LP & the Honeybee – 5:20 – 6:30pm

CSS Auction will be held at 6:30pm to 7:30pm

                        LP & the Honeybee - 7:30-8pm                                

                        Jeremy Adams Duo - 8-10pm                                   

          Saturday -

                        Andy Reuter – 10am – Noon                            

                        Jeff Corman/Erin Goldstein – 12:15 – 2:15pm         

                         Tim Crosby – 2:30 – 4:30-5:00pm        

 

 

 

 

Exclusively Dance will be performing on 4th Street at 5:30pm

20th Anniversary Sculpture Dedication Ceremony on Courthouse lawn at 6:00pm

 

Don't miss the famous CSS Auction at 6:30pm.  This year it will be held in the Wine Tasing area.

  • Works of art from regional artisans will be displayed for sale on the Square.  A variety of artwork will be for sale, including pottery, paintings, jewelry, and more!  Over 35 artisans will set up shop at this year's fair!  Demonstrations will also be going on throughout the day.

  • Look for the KIDS KORNER - Lots of Free activities for kids. 

  • Music on the Square from 10:00am - 4:00pm.  Bring a Chair and relax to the Music.

  • Grab a bite to eat while enjoying an afternoon the downtown square. 

  • Grab a bite to eat while enjoying an afternoon the downtown square.  Participating restaurants include:
    • The Sausage Haus
    • Martin's IGA
    • Dad's Smokin Butt BBQ
    • K'S Vending - Serving Jerk Chicken, Beef and Steak Nachos, Corn Dogs, Rib Sandwiches
  • Sweet treats will be provided by:
    • Oma Gisi's Bakery 
    • Grandma Rosie's Mobile Ice Cream and More

Kids Korner: May 5, 2018 at 10:00am. 

This year's fabulous line up:

  1. One Hope United - Brionne Rhodes
  2. Big Brothers and Big Sisters
  3. Effingham Public Library - Catherine Bailey & Johnna Schultz
  4. Effingham Tae Kwon Do - Kevin Roberts
  5. Girl Scouts of Southern Illinois - Kim Vrooman
  6. Effingham Classroom Teacher's Association - Linda Richards
  7. HS HS St. Anthony's Memorial Hospital - Ashley Dillingham & Jamie Summers
  8. SAFE - Mary Harrington
  9. Crisis Nursery - Meghan Rewers
  10. CEFS Effingham Head Start - Alicia Thompson
  11. Effingham Child Development Center - Shelli French

Please join us for our Wine/Beer and Bourbon tasting.  $10.00 will get you 10 taste and a commemorative wine glass. Wine Tasting starts at 11:00am

Music will be provided:

          Saturday -

                        Andy Reuter – 10am – Noon                            

                        Jeff Corman/Erin Goldstein – 12:15 – 2:15pm         

                         Tim Crosby – 2:30 – 4:30-5:00pm    

Featured Artists

Wine / Beer Tasting

Vahling Vineyards

Purple Toad Winery

Hopewell Winery

Lasata Wines

Tuscan Hills Winery

Fox Creek Winery

Kite Hill Vineyard

Castle Finn Vineyard & Winery

Frequently Asked Questions

YES - There will be food vendors on Friday and Saturday.  They will be set up on Washington Street.  Each vendor will have a speciality food item for sale.

YES!!  we are offering the Artisan the ability to setup on Friday as an OPTIONAL Fair time, so they can participate in the Friday Night Community Event- ARTS and HEARTS for Non-Profit groups.  This is not a required night for the Artisan to setup but we encourage them to be setup and ready for customers by 5:00pm on Friday.  Any accepted Artisan can come Friday - all we ask is that you Check the box on your application that you will participate in Fridays event. (There is no additional Charge for Friday).  The Fair will continue on Saturday where All Artisans should be setup by 10:00am on Sat morning for opening of the fair.

NO - But there is a DEADLINE to get your Returing Artisan Application in by FEBRUARY 10, 2018

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