Southwest Ranches Arts & Crafts Festival Offers Great Holiday Shopping

With the holidays approaching, many have already started shopping for those perfect gifts. Chances are you will find them at the 11th Annual Town of Southwest Ranches Country Roads Arts and Crafts Festival. The event will be held on October 21, from 10am to 4pm, at the Sunshine Ranches Equestrian Park. With its diverse lineup of artists and crafters, the festival has something for everyone.

“Southwest Ranches is excited to be going into our 11th Annual Arts and Crafts Festival,” said December Lauretano-Haines, PROS Coordinator. “The Sunshine Ranches Equestrian Park is a great setting with useful amenities and plenty of parking. We’re sporting a great lineup of vendors this year, many of whom have been with us from the beginning, but also some new and different folks, as well. We’re constantly amazed at the imagination and effort that people bring and our festival has grown a wonderful sense of community and goodwill. Our festival has remained a small and intimate event, easily accessible even for folks who only have a little time to spend without the hassle that comes from larger events.”

Approximately 50-60 vendors are expected to participate with items that are handmade or hand-embellished crafts and original art. They include paper arts, hand-crafted jewelry, specialty wood products, mosaics, paintings, children’s and students’ items, stained glass, holiday crafts, pet items and more. The Town will provide musical entertainment, food, and fun for the kids, also.

Harriett Frankel attended the festival last year with her family and looks forward to returning. “I did most of my holiday shopping at the festival and also found some great items for myself,” said Frankel. “It was also a great opportunity to catch up with neighbors, family and friends.”

For those who have the creative bug, it is not too late to sign up to exhibit. If you love to sew, paint, knit, quilt, draw, throw pottery, or do some other type of handiwork and have items to sell to the public, the festival is a great place to do it. Available booth sizes include: 10 x 10 ($50), 10 x 20 ($100) and 10 x 30 ($150). Since the number of arts/craft venders is not limited, there is still plenty of space available. Food booths are also available for: 10 x 10 ($100), 10 x 20 ($150) and 10 x 30 ($200).

Sunshine Ranches Equestrian Park is located at 5840 SW 148 Avenue. For information or an application, visit www.southwestranches.org or call 954-434-0008.