For fans of craft fairs, the approach of fall in Northeast Ohio means one thing: the return of Yankee Peddler Festival.
Held at Clay’s Park Resort in Canal Fulton, the event spans three weekends and features dozens of artisans and crafters, delicious food vendors, live entertainment, and more. Yankee Peddler festival opened last weekend, and remaining dates are September 14, 15, 21 and 22. The family-friendly festival takes place each day from 10:30 a.m. to 6 p.m.
I took my 3-year-old son on opening weekend and while I stocked up on some seasonal decor — and some adorable wooden cars and trucks for both my kids — he enjoyed the live music and entertainment.
From puppets, pony rides and storytelling to face painting and a wandering magician, among other activities, there is plenty to keep kids busy. Lessons and demonstrations also are held each day and include the Civil War Encampment, Algonquin Spinning Guild Mountain Men, Pre-Colonial Native America, Goodwife Clark, and more.
Many artists and crafters at the festival, which is now in its 47th year, also work on their trade during the show. My son’s favorite thing to do was watch them at work alongside their finished products that were displayed for sale.
For more information or to order tickets, go to yankeepeddlerfestival.com