“Every year we grow a little,” Ginny Barham, president of the Conimicut Village Association, said.
And on Aug. 16 the association is hoping to see the crowd grow “a little” again at the Summer Craft Fair in Conimicut Village.
For the past five years the Conimicut Village Association Summer Craft Fair has grown and this year the association quickly sold out its 25 vendor spaces. Nearly a dozen different local vendors had to be turned down.
Among the food vendors are Dolce Gelateria from Providence, Johnny Dog’s, Papi’s Tacos, Auntie’s Kettle Corn and Presto Strange O Coffee Truck.
Barham explained other vendors are bringing crafts from jewelry to purses, art and beach themed decorations. Village Wellness will also be at the fair offering massages.
All afternoon Rory and the Blues Hounds will be playing music in the background.
The Rhode Island Family Shelter, in collaboration with South Pointe Church, will be donating and managing a free children’s section with a bounce house, ring toss and other activities.
The craft fair aims to bring Conimicut its well-deserved recognition and promote the local businesses.
Barham said, “We want to show people the notoriety of Conimicut. The village is absolutely beautiful. People do take notice. Even if they are just coming from another part of Warwick or from Cranston, people can see what a treasure this place is. We aren’t just a drive-through village.”
The Conimicut Village Association has 140 active members volunteering their time and services to take care of the village and put on the craft fair.
“It is extremely satisfying there are so many good people involved. It is almost like a part-time job to volunteer with the association,” Barham said. “We know how beautiful our community is and we want to share that with others.
According to Barham, if this year goes well, the Village Association is thinking about doubling the size of their fair to 50 vendors.
Barham said, “We are really looking forward to a good crowd.”
The Summer Craft Fair will be held on Aug. 16 from noon until 5 p.m. at 1 Point Avenue, Warwick. The fair is weather-dependent and will be cancelled in the case of bad weather.