By Jennifer Lazzo
From leather belts to hand-painted glassware, from jewelry to fine art, from face painting to a magic show, the Occoquan Arts and Crafts show has it all.
Taking place September 23 and 24, rain or shine, the show’s nearly 300 vendors line the streets of historic Occoquan with booths displaying their wares while the entertainment impresses the crowds at Mamie Davis Park and Mill House Museum.
Now in its 48th year, the show draws approximately 10,000 visitors and is one of the largest in the area, said Julie Little, the events and community development director for the Town of Occoquan. “People come from all over the region to attend and vendors come from all over the country. If you can think it, we probably have one vendor selling it!”
Teresa Woodson, a Montclair mother of two who looks forward to the show each September and June, looks for certain vendors because she shops for a lot of gifts. “There is a ceramics artist who sells ‘mommy vases’ and I like to keep those in stock for moms-to-be. I also like looking for unique and creative gifts for family and friends you can’t find anywhere else,” she said.
“We make a day of it,” she continued. “We always ride the purple shuttle, get a bag of fresh kettle corn, [get] face painting for the boys, look at all the neat vendors, and eat some good food.”
There is no admission fee to attend the arts and crafts show. There are four parking lots available with shuttle service for $5 per person round trip.
“Occoquan is such a unique little town,” said Little. “The show brings people who have never been here before. It’s a wonderful place to relax, shop and visit.”
The show will be open from 10:00 a. m. to 6:00 p. m. on Saturday and 10:00 a. m. to 5:00 p. m. on Sunday. For more information, visit occoquanva.gov/arts-and-crafts-show.html or facebook.com/OccoquanCraftShow.
Jennifer Lazzo ([email protected]) is a freelance writer and editor who earned a B.A. in technical journalism and political science from Colorado State University. She lives with her husband and twin girls in Montclair.