News 12 at 6 o'clock, Sept. 7, 2007
Aiken, S.C.--Downtown Augusta isn't the only place seeing crowds today. The 31st annual Aiken's Makin started early this morning and continues on Saturday.
Bagpipes marking the opening of the Aiken's Makin Arts and Crafts Show. Over 100 volunteers and 200 plus vendors from Florida to Tennessee -- among others -- making it a great environment for everyone in Aiken to enjoy.
"Downtown Aiken is so beautiful. I look for excuses to come down here but you can always find lovely crafts year after year," says Aiken resident Nancy Hudak.
Crafts for people... and dogs!
"She's looking but I don't think she's bought anything yet. 'I guess you could say she's on the prowl?' Yeah--she's on the prowl," says David Secrist from Graniteville.
One vendor is traveling back in time, all the way to the 1800's with her shop of silhouette making.
"It fits within the historic type of buildings and just the old south," says vendor Beth Pray.
Katherine Denil is back for a second go around.
"'What was your reasoning for coming out here today?' Woman, shopping! What can I tell you!"
This year, the vendors are lined up on the edge of the median on Park Avenue. That's leaving plenty of room for people to talk, laugh and of course shop!
Along with all the shopping and vendors here, there's one thing almost everyone at today's Aiken Makin is flocking to.. food! And one of those great foods is funnel cake. Of course you got to have powdered sugar on it along with some ice cold lemonade. Vendors make sure they cook the best they can!
"90 percent of the reason they come out here is to see friends and eat good food," says funnel cake maker AW Hadden.
And every year, it's all about those gyro's for Marie!
"A lot of people come here just to eat!"
The event continues on Saturday from 9-5. Parking is the biggest problem. Organizers are hoping to see between 30,000 and 35,000 people this weekend. So parking on the side streets around the show are the best bet.
Park Avenue is shut down between Chesterfield and Union Streets except for one lane going eastbound on Park Ave.