Aiken's Makin' brings crafters from all over to downtown Aiken

By: Hope Jensen Email
By: Hope Jensen Email

Streets around Aiken's Makin' are blocked off, including Park Avenue from Chesterfield to Union and then the cross streets as well.

The booths are open from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Friday and 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday. They will have entertainment on the stages at York Street and down near Union Street.

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News 12 This Morning / Friday, Sept. 7, 2012

AIKEN, S.C. -- The 36h annual Aiken's Makin' has brought in crafters and vendors from Maine to Florida to our local area.

Crafters set up late Thursday night. Their booths and crafts line three blocks in downtown Aiken.

Vendor Jo Shields, owner of Gourd Art, has been working with gourds for almost 15 years.

"I worked with clay pots for a long time, so I was used to the medium being rounded or different shapes, and when I saw the gourds, I thought I'd like to try that," she said.

She makes bird feeders, lanterns, bowls, ornaments and much more.

"The compliments mean an awful lot because it means, hey, the time that you've put into your work, somebody's appreciating it," she said.

She is one of 175 crafters participating in this years Aiken's Makin'.

"This is kind of one of the hallmark events," said John McMichael with the Aiken Chamber of Commerce. "It's the biggest event that we have."

It's a tradition for people who live here and their families and visitors.

Crafters and food vendors will line the street Friday and Saturday selling all sorts of handmade items.

"You'll find jewelry, you'll find metal, you'll find artists. There are even some face painters and one lady will make animal balloons -- so from fun things to serious things," McMichael said.

They are expecting more than 30,000 people at this year's event, so they say make sure you stay safe.

"You need to be mindful of extra traffic extra cars and traffic safety around the event," said Lt. Ben Harm with the Aiken Department of Public Safety.

It's a fun event with a lot of tradition that allows people like Shields to show off what she calls her passion.

"I have the neatest feeling when people walk in my booth and by my booth and walk away with a big smile," she said. "That is the greatest feeling in the world."

Streets around Aiken's Makin' are blocked off, including Park Avenue from Chesterfield to Union and then the cross streets as well.

The booths are open from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Friday and 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday. They will have entertainment on the stages at York Street and down near Union Street.

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