A few minutes before it opened at 10 a.m. Friday, a line of people stretched through the gate of Indian Fort Theater and into the parking lot for the first day of the weekend-long Berea Crafts Festival.
“It’s typical to have this kind of business on a Saturday, but I don’t know if we’ve ever seen it like this on a Friday,” said Cass Hensley, a 14-year staff member.
The line of people continued to stay steady for an hour and a half, Hensley said. By 2:15 p.m., 1,400 people had entered the festival.
Hensley attributes this year’s success to the artists. “We’ve got a little bit of everything in every genre you can imagine,” she said. “Just about anything you’ll ever want to find, it will be at this show.”
The 121 exhibits include baskets, pottery, musical instruments, furniture, textiles, hammocks, yard decorations, metal sculptures, jewelry, photography and more.
Some exhibitors also are demonstrating their crafts all weekend.
Seth Bickis of “Made With Fire” drew a crowd as he created glass spheres with flowers inside. He told his audience about a YouTube video that inspired and later taught him to create glass beads. Now, years later, he is still surprised by how his hobby evolved into his craft, he said.
The festival also includes live entertainment. Beginning at 10:30 a.m. Saturday and Sunday, musicians will wander through the venue. Guests may be surprised to find dancers and other entertainers as well, Hensley said.
The Berea Craft Festival will continue from 10 a.m.-6 p.m. on Saturday and 10 a.m.-5 p.m. on Sunday.