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In search of springtime home décor and accessories just in time for the Easter holiday? Before you head to major retailers such as Michael’s or HomeGoods to stock up on spring flair, help support your community and purchase high-quality products and gifts from local artisans. Davie Craft Association is celebrating its Annual Spring Fling this year on Saturday, April 9th. This year’s spring celebration will take place outdoors in Downtown Mocksville, allowing for larger crowds, pleasant weather, and a large selection of over 50 local artisans selling handbags, florals, soaps, jewelry, and more. After moving to its new location at Davie Parks & Recreation (familiar to some as the former Davie High School Gymnasium), Davie Craft Association is excited to be hosting an outdoor event to keep artisans, club members, and visitors safe this spring.
The Davie Craft Association Spring Fling is essential to Davie County residents and craft-lovers of all kinds. In 1970, the Davie Craft Association was founded and sponsored by the County of Davie and was run by individual crafters and board members. Due to its popularity in the community, crafters and board members continued Davie Craft Association operations after the County no longer sponsored it. With the organization’s meetings previously being held in the National Armory in Davie County, the organization was asked to move locations after the Armory was needed by the National Guard following the terrorist attacks on September 11th, 2001. Since then, Davie Craft Association has called the B.C. Brock Gymnasium on Main Street its home.
How do local artisans sign up to participate in the craft show? To outsiders, the competition is stiffer than it may seem. In fact, prospective new vendors must first present their designs and crafts to a jury of eight members of the Davie Craft Association for inspection prior to being invited as a vendor. The Davie Craft Association jury ensures that all crafts and products sold at events and craft shows are high quality and authentic to the artisan, rather than being resold by a major retailer. Unless a vendor’s crafted items change seasonally, there is no need for current vendors to present their crafts in front of the jury again once approved. Interested in presenting your crafted goods to the Davie Craft Association to become a vendor at this year’s Spring Fling? Applicants must pay a $25 membership fee and a $40 show fee to participate in the 2022 Spring Fling. Follow Davie Craft Association on Facebook and send a message to find out more information on how to get involved.
Having a spring craft show outdoors means entrance is free to all visitors. Each year, the Spring Fling donates five percent of proceeds to a local charity, or a scholarship presented to a Davie High School senior each year who shows a particular interest in art-based or design-focused career paths. By attending the Spring Fling and purchasing artisan-made goods, visitors are not only supporting local artisans, but they are also benefiting their community. Keep your eyes peeled for food trucks at the event, in addition to stopping by the small businesses lining Downtown Mocksville for a quick bite to eat while you shop.
On Saturday, April 9th, vendors Davie Craft Association vendors will be lining the streets of Downtown Mocksville from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. at the intersection of North Main Street and Depot Street. To stay up to date on the latest news and events from Davie Craft Association, or to inquire about being a vendor at this year’s Spring Fling, follow the organization’s Facebook page for more information.