Springtime in the Country Artisan Market has been approved by the Erie County Health Department! The popular handcrafted market will be held outdoors at the Fairgrounds in Hamburg from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Friday, May 28; 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday, May 29; and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday, May 30. Pre-sale ticket holders will be allowed to shop one hour earlier (at 9 a.m.) each day.
“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 will follow all state and local guidelines, including limiting capacity, face coverings and social distancing. The event will be split into a series of zones that will have a dedicated entrance and exit. The number of patrons will be counted and monitored in each zone in order to comply with state regulations.
“The safety and wellbeing of our patrons and artisans is paramount,” added Kaczynski. “As a result, Springtime in the Country will be held entirely outdoors, offer expanded event hours to accommodate all patrons and will have a minimum of eight feet of spacing between each booth.”
The artisan market brings together nearly 200 small business artisans from across the country for a three-day shopping experience featuring only handcrafted items. Unfortunately, according to Kaczynski, the vast majority of these artisans have been unable to participate in any events and therefore have been largely without income during the pandemic.
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. Annually, more than 100,000 total visitors attend these events purchasing more than $5 million in high-quality handcrafted goods from juried artists and artisans. These events have helped raise more than $2 million for Western New York charities.