Spring Arts and Crafts Event Brings in Top Talent

The 2018 Spring Festival: An Arts and Crafts Affair will run from April 13-15 at Canterbury Park in Shakopee, Minn.
The 2018 Spring Festival: An Arts and Crafts Affair will run from April 13-15 at Canterbury Park in Shakopee, Minn.

People often come back to The Spring Festival: An Arts and Crafts Affair year after year.

But it’s never the same old, same old.

“The exhibitors are always really good about keeping up with the current trends and colors,” said Jennifer Foland, event coordinator for organizers Huffman Productions, Inc. “They really are at the top of their game.”

The three-day event returns to Canterbury Park from April 13-15, with about 500 exhibitors from 30 different states showing off their wares.

“These are the most talented artists and crafters in the country,” Foland said.

Just like the artisans themselves, planners work to keep the event fresh each year, Foland said. A panel selects the exhibitors, ensuring 25 percent are new for the event, and limits the number in each artistic medium.

“That way, customers when they come through the door will be able to see their favorites, but also see something new, as well,” Foland said.

People often make a day of the Spring Festival — getting a group of friends together, shopping for a few hours, then enjoying everything Canterbury Park has to offer, Foland said.

“It’s a festive, fun atmosphere,” she said.

The event, which has been voted one of the top 100 shows in the country by Sunshine Artist Magazine, also features:

  • A rotating cast of musicians
  • Hourly gift certificate drawings
  • Food and drink for sale

 

Over the years, Foland said she has seen mothers and daughters come to The Spring Festival: An Arts and Crafts Affair, only to see the daughter pushing a stroller a few years later.

The 2018 Spring Festival: An Arts and Crafts Affair will run from April 13-15 at Canterbury Park in Shakopee, Minn.
The 2018 Spring Festival: An Arts and Crafts Affair brings out some of the nations top crafters and artisans.

“It’s generations of people,” she said. “It’s definitely family-friendly.”

The most common question Foland gets is how long shoppers generally stay. It’s typically 3-4 hours, she said.

Foland’s parents, who were arts-and-crafters, founded the company more than 35 years ago after going to shows. She said her father didn’t like the way they were organized.

“So they made up their own rules,” Foland said.

And while she said she appreciates the talent of the exhibitors, Foland is not much of a crafter herself.

“My brain doesn’t work on the artistic side,” she said with a laugh.

Details

Show Hours

Friday, April 13 – 11 a.m. to 9 p.m.

Saturday, April 14 – 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Sunday, April 15 – 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Admission

Adults: $9

Seniors: $8

Children under 10 get in free

Parking is free

Major Autograph Expo Coming to Canterbury Park

Come check out the Minneapolis Sports Collectible Show and Autograph Convention, featuring appearances by Adam Thielen, Harrison Smith, & many more!Some of the biggest stars of sport will be on hand at Canterbury Park from March 23-25.

The Minneapolis Sports Collectible Show and Autograph Convention, presented by Cactus League Sports, will bring in stars from football, baseball, hockey and wrestling.

From Adam Thielen to Rod Carew and Baron Von Raschke, the event is sure to draw excitement from a range of sports fans. These sports stars and several others will be available to sign items and memorabilia, with on-site verification of signatures provided by James Spence Authentication.

George Johnson, president of Cactus League Sports, has been putting together these events for 30 years. With expos across the country, organizers generally look for a local angle when they call agents and marketing departments to try to secure athletes, he said.

Six Minnesota Vikings, coming off an NFC championship game appearance, are expected to attend.

“They had a great season,” Johnson said. “We’ve got a really good group.”

Other than finding athletes from the state where the convention will be held, Johnson said there’s another factor they consider when reaching out to sports figures.

“We look for hall of famers,” he said.

Schedule

There will be a special VIP signing from 4-8 p.m. on Friday, March 23. The weekend schedule is:

  • 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, March 24
  • 10 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Sunday, March 25

Tickets cost $5 and children 7 and younger get in free. (There is a separate cost associated with having items signed.)

Athletes

The full lineup of stars, as well as what they are charging to have specific items signed, is below.

Rod Carew
Rod Carew

Saturday, March 24

Rod Carew, 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

$65 for flats, baseballs or equipment

$145 for bats

$175 for Jerseys

$25 for inscriptions (each)

Goose Gossage, 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

$49 for flats and baseballs

$69 for any other item

$29 for inscriptions (each)

Graig Nettles, 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

$39 for any item

$19 for inscriptions (each)

Jim Palmer, 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

$39 for any item

$15 for inscriptions (each)

Adam Thielen, 1-2:30 p.m.

$69 for flats or minis

$79 for any other item

$29 for inscriptions (each)

Everson Griffen, 1-2:30 p.m.

$49 for most items

$59 for helmets or jerseys

$29 for inscriptions (each)

Eric Kendricks, 1-2:30 p.m.

$45 for any item

$20 for inscriptions (each)

Harrison Smith, 1-2:30 p.m.

$39 for most items

$49 for helmets or jerseys

$20 for inscriptions (each)

kyle-rudolph_3Kyle Rudolph, 1-2:30 p.m.

$59 for flats or minis

$79 for helmets or jerseys

$20 for inscriptions (each)

Andrew Sendejo, 1-2:30 p.m.

$29 for any item

$15 for inscriptions (each)

Sunday, March 25

Roberto Alomar, noon to 1:30 p.m.

$60 for flats or balls

$90 for any other item, including Hall of Fame-related items and plaque cards

$30 for inscriptions (each)

Ray Bourque, noon to 1:30 p.m.

$59 for flats, pucks or minis

$69 for any other item

$29 for inscriptions (each)

Bobby Hull, 1:30-3 p.m.

$49 for flats up to 11×14

$69 for oversized flats or pucks

$89 for jerseys or other equipment

$15 for inscriptions (each)

Brett Hull, 1:30-3 p.m.

$59 for flats, pucks or minis

$69 for any other item

$19 for inscriptions (each)

Baron Von Raschke, noon to 1:30 p.m.

$10 for any item

Jim Brunzell, noon to 1:30 p.m.

$10 for any item

 

Note: The lineup of athletes is subject to change.