Crossett’s new assistant director of parks and recreation is working to change Crossett’s reputation as a “nothing-to-do town.”
Part of that change is adding an event on the last Saturday of every month, during which local crafters can bring their items to sell to the public.
The city originally hired Sarah Hollimon to be a pool manager, but the city council recently expanded her job description to assistant parks and recreation director. Since she’s been hired, Hollimon has not only added new events like a Jaws movie night for teens and senior citizen dip to the calendar, but has organized other events as well.
Last month, over 29 crafters, farmers with fresh produce and other vendorswith baked items showed up for the monthly Crafter’s Fair at the Farmer’s Market.
Hollimon said that there were vendors there with everything from fall decor to baked cinnamon rolls. There were dog treats, wind chimes and homemade jelly; but Hollimon said the most unusual thing was macrame.
Hollimon said the event serves multiple purposes. Not only does it give local artists and crafters an outlet, but it encourages the community to shop local and gives them a place to spend their Saturday. Hollimon is working to expand the event by adding activities including a corn hole and a free coffee bar. Hollimon is also working to expand the event where she can add a food truck alley.
Last week’s craft fair was from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. and because of the rain they hosted inside at the Boys and Girls Club building in the gym.
Hollimon asked that future vendors park on the Ninth Avenue side of the market and to try to save plenty of space for customers. “We don’t want them to feel limited to what they can by because they don’t know if they can carry it to their car,” Hollimon said.
City ordinance prohibits the vendors from selling mass produced items or retail items. The fair is strictly for crafts, produce, baked items or anything else that is considered art or handmade. Vendors do not need a reservation to sell at the market, however, Hollimon advises vendors to show up to set up early.