This weekend's 29th Hollyfest Art & Craft Show is expected to draw people from out-of-state.
This weekend’s 29th Hollyfest Art & Craft Show is expected to draw people from out-of-state.
“A tour bus of 40-50 people is coming from the eastern side of Pennsylvania, and they wanted to make sure they stopped here because they had heard about the show,” said Libby Gierach, president and CEO of the Hilliard Area Chamber of Commerce, which puts on the event. “I was pleasantly surprised.”
Hollyfest will be held from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 3, at Davidson High School. Admission is $4 or $2 for Golden Buckeye cardholders, and free to children 12 and under. Parking is free.
Concessions will be provided by the Davidson Athletic Boosters, and entertainment will include the Davidson Madrigals and the Happiness Singers from the Senior Center. Pets can be brought for a photo with Santa, sponsored by Canine Companions for Independence.
Gierach said Hollyfest is such a popular, tried-and-true event that they haven’t made any major changes in recent years. In March, vendors can apply to participate. In July, a jury meets to go over the vendor applications and photographs selecting 118 vendors out of the more than 180 who applied. Many vendors are local and regional.
“The quality of our crafters is second to none,” Gierach said. “People want to be in our show. All of our vendors are very successful, so they want to come back, and people find out about it from word of mouth from other vendors or publications that we advertise in statewide.”
Hollyfest has drawn 4,500-plus people in the past few years and is growing in terms of attendance.
“It starts the holiday season. People can find something for everyone on their list. No one goes away empty-handed,” Gierach said.
Hollyfest also turns into a meeting spot for people who haven’t seen each other in a while.
Some who are new to Hollyfest may be wondering when is the best time to go.
“Most people want to be the first ones there so they don’t miss anything,” Gierach said, “but if they want to avoid the crowds a little bit, I would suggest they come in the afternoon. After 1:30 p.m., it thins out a little bit, but there’s still a variety of things to purchase.”
Gierach said she has 30 volunteers for Hollyfest, but can always use more help. Anyone interested may call (614) 876-7666.