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May 8, 2014

Crafting an attraction

CLINTON — The Lyons business district and Four Square Park will be filled with local and out-of-state crafters next weekend, selling everything from yard art and quilts, to engraved stones and homemade jewelry.

For the past 14 years, Clinton resident Diane Miller has been the chairwoman of the Lyons Business Professional Association’s (LBPA) annual Main Avenue Craft Show.

“It’s nice to see the different crowd of people, the excitement of a person carrying their little package, or their big package,” said Diane, about the craft show.

Raised north of Preston, Diane has lived in Clinton for more than 30 years. She became involved with the LBPA in 1998, through her employment with different Lyons-based businesses. She currently works at Rastrelli’s.

Diane was working at Gazebo Flowers and Gifts in 1997, when a customer brought her into the craft fair. Diane and this individual worked on the show together for three years, before Diane took it over in 2000.

For the past few years, Sheralyn Bartels from Don’s Jewelry has served as the co-chairwoman with Diane.

Diane began working on the craft show “just to get involved in the community.” Throughout the years, she has enjoyed the event and looking forward to the return of some of the regular crafters.

“I like the uniqueness of the different items in a craft show,” Diane said.

The craft show offers a variety of items, including natural wood toys, loomed rugs, crocheted items, table runners and place mats, ceramics, precious metal and stone jewelry, and floral arrangements. The Clinton County Master Gardeners and Clinton Trees Forever will have tables at the craft show. Diane is personally looking forward to the return of a vendor who sells kettle corn.

The Main Avenue Craft Show will be held from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, May 17, and from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday, May 18. So far, more than 50 crafters have signed up for the event. While previous years saw more participants, Diane said that with gas prices and the economy, more than 50 crafters is a good turnout.

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