Springtime in the Country Artisan Market, the area’s most popular handcrafted market, got off to a rough start due to today’s strong winds and rain but will return to the Hamburg Fairgrounds from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday and 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday when the forecast is expected to be much more cooperative for the outdoor event. The artisan market brings together almost 200 small business artisans from across the country for a shopping experience featuring only handcrafted items.
“We are beyond thrilled that we are able to host this event safely and feature the nation’s best small business artisans,” said Dan Kaczynski of Premier Promotions of WNY, organizers of the event. Springtime in the Country is following all current state and local guidelines and because the event is completely outdoors, social distancing will be easily maintained. The event is split into a series of zones that will each have a dedicated entrance and exit. Additionally, Springtime in the Country has expanded event hours to accommodate all patrons and will have a minimum of 10 feet of spacing between each artisan’s booth.
Unfortunately, according to Kaczynski, the vast majority of these artisans have been unable to participate in any events due to the pandemic and therefore have been largely without income.
“This event is really about the heart of small business, and Western New York has always understood how important small business is to our community,” said Kaczynski. “We hope having this event brings our community a little closer to normal.”
For more than 36 years, Premier Promotions has produced high-quality, extremely successful artisan events including Springtime in the Country, Springtime in Rochester, Christmas in the Country, Christmas in the Country Rochester and Yuletide in the Country. The events are consistently ranked among the Top 100 artisan shows in America by Sunshine Artist magazine and have helped raise more than $2 million for Western New York charities.