Plan now to attend one of the finest arts and crafts events in the Southeast! Fine Arts, Glass Works, Wood, Ceramics, Fabric! Many mediums are used by the artisans at the Aiken's Makin' Craft Show! A Beautiful September day is the perfect day to start on your fall and holiday shopping for everyone on your list!
Come be a part of the 42st Aiken's Makin! Aiken's Makin' Food Vendors once again offer a variety of tastes and treats for you! From Sausage Dogs to Gyros to Kettle Corn to Funnel Cakes! You will want to get your fresh-squeezed lemonade to wash it all down!
Aiken's Makin' History: 42 Years of Fine Crafts!
In 1976 the Vice President of Trade Development for the Aiken Chamber of Commerce decided that Aiken needed an event to attract people to the downtown area. Thus, Aiken's Makin' was born. This show was to be a "showcase" for items made by local residents. For many years the show was held downtown along the sidewalks of the local stores. However as the show has grown and attracted more and more vendors, the event has moved to the parkways of the downtown area.
Through the years the event has grown from a mere 50 vendors to 300. Vendors show everything from pottery, woodcrafts, furniture, baskets, stained glass, quilts, clothing, needlecrafts, toys, jewelry, ceramics, art and many other items. The one prerequisite is that all items must be handmade by the seller. Food has also become a staple at the event. Aiken's Makin' draws quite a crowd during the two day event. Attendance is estimated to be 25,000 to 30,000 people in our parkways over the course of the two day event.
The Greater Aiken Chamber of Commerce is still the governing body of Aiken's Makin,' but, with the support of over 100 volunteers, the entire community joins forces and works together to make this a safe and enjoyable event for everyone involved from the vendors to the shoppers.
- First Show 1976
- Grown from 50 vendors to 300
- Attendance 30,000-35,000
- Volunteers: 100+
- Green Show since 2011
Aiken's Makin' Save the Date!
Only 199 Days Until the 42st Annual Aiken's Makin'!
Friday, September 7, 2018 9am - 6pm
Saturday, September 8, 2018 9am - 5pm
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