About The Artisan Fair

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

It will be held on May 4 and 5, 2018i 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 by Andy Rueter. 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 noon to 5:00 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
  • Effingham Public Library
  • Effingham County Public Transportation
  • Effingham County Cultural Center Museum Association
  • Relay for Life of Effingham County
  • Make A Wish Illinois
  • Solan Chiropractic with Special Olympics
  • Family Matters PTIC
  • Effingham Child Development Center
  • Crisis Nursery
  • Effingham County Head Start
  • Unti 40 Teachers Association
  • Kevin Roberts - Taekwondo
  • Ballard Nature Center
  • Project Linus
  • Grab a bite to eat while enjoying an afternoon the downtown square.  Participating restaurants include The Dog, The Sausage Haus, Martin's IGA, Dad's Smokin Butt BBQ,
  • New this year will be KettleCorn, Pork Rinds and Funnel Cakes Fries from Charleston Concessions
  • Sweet treats will be provided by Oma Gisi's Bakery and The Cookie Jar.

Please join us on Friday, May 5, 2017 at 5:00 pm for our Wine/Beer and Bourbon tasting.  $10.00 will get you 10 taste and a commemorative wine glass.

Music will be provided:

Friday - 7:00 pm- Andy Rueter 

8:30 pm Allie Keck

Saturday - 10:00 am - LP and the Honeybee

Noon - Andy Rueter

2:15 pm - The Greyhounds

 

 

 

 

TREC will be having their 9th Annual TREC Big Wheel Race

5:15pm - Kids Bike Race (FREE)

5:30pm - Adilt Big Wheel Race- Cpmpetitors must be over 18 years of age.  This is a 4 person relay race that can consist of co-workers and/or group/friends.  Please email any questions to thoelej@ci.effingham.il.us

 

 

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.  Participating restaurants include The Dog, The Sausage Haus, Martin's IGA, Dad's Smokin Butt BBQ,

  • Sweet treats will be provided by Oma Gisi's Bakery and The Cookie Jar.

Free Community SHRED EVENT

Safely dispose of your documents and help save the Earth!!

Please bring a canned good item for your local food pantry

  • Grab a bite to eat while enjoying an afternoon the downtown square.  Participating restaurants include The Dog, The Sausage Haus, Martin's IGA, Dad's Smokin Butt BBQ,
  • New this year will be KettleCorn, Pork Rinds and Funnel Cakes Fries from Charleston Concessions
  • Sweet treats will be provided by Oma Gisi's Bakery and The Cookie Jar.

Please join us on Saturday May 6, 2017 at Noon for our Wine/Beer and Bourbon tasting.  $10.00 will get you 10 taste and a commemorative wine glass.

Music will be provided all day:

Saturday - 10:00 am - LP and the Honeybee

Noon - Andy Rueter

2:15 pm - The Greyhounds

Featured Artists

Wine / Beer Tasting

Vahling Vineyards

Fox Ridge Winery

Kite Hill Vineyard

Castle Finn Vineyard & Winery

Lincoln Heritage Winery

Frequently Asked Questions

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

This year - 2017 - we are offering the Artisan the ability to setup on Friday as an OPTIONAL Fair time, so they can participate in our 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).  All Artisans should be setup by 10:00am on Sat morning for the Fair.

NO - But there is a DEADLINE to get your Returing Artisan Application in by FEBRUARY 10, 2017

Interested in Becoming a Sponsor?

For more information on how to become a sponsor of the Effingham Artisan Fair, please click the link below!

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