Herb and Craft Festival - Wadsworth

5.) Craft and Herb Festival – Wadsworth – May 19, 2012

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Two years ago, when I first came to Wadsworth for the Blue Tip Festival, I was disappointed for two reasons:

  1. The only thing that reminded me of Wadsworth’s match-making days was a single blue tip match torch set up downtown.
  2. The festival itself didn’t even take place downtown.

So when I heard there was another festival taking place in Wadsworth, I was a little skeptical.

But I read a little more about it, decided to give Wadsworth a second shot, and drove on out…

…to the Craft and Herb Festival.

When I arrived, I was happy to see that the festival took place in the very heart of downtown Wadsworth…

…with music playing from the loudspeakers…

…festival goers browsing through the many booths lined along the sidewalks…

…and kids playing at the activity center.

At first, when I walked around…
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…I only noticed two festival food vendors…

…but then, as I began to look around me…

…I saw there was a french toast breakfast at the Grace Lutheran Church

plenty of eating opportunities at downtown restaurants and cafes…

…ala carte items at local community organizations…

…and even some tasty snacking at the Westbrook’s Cannery booth (although I do recommend purchasing their products as well).

Plenty of options!

And the options didn’t extend only to food.

With the warm weather only helping gardeners get in the mood for some summer planting…

…the festival name spoke true with plenty of herbs and plants to buy…
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…and also plenty of vendors to sell them.

And there was also a great selection of crafts available, as rather talented artists and craftsmen sold such items as…
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…decorative gourds…

…original jewelry…

…recycled glass flowers…

…and stuffed critters from vintage/recycled material.

There were old-fashioned bird houses…

…modern bird houses…

…and hats for people who wanted to look more like birds.

And still there was more!

There were Ghoulardi CD’s and memorabilia…

…paracord products for various emergency situations…

…and even armor or jewelry for all your future adventures…

…or mine.

(I was actually heading to a Celtic festival next…maybe this was just what I needed!)

By the end of my visit, I realized how nice it was to be in downtown Wadsworth, where I spoke with not only the vendors, but with the locals…

…like the Bookshelf volunteers who told me about Project: LEARN.

They gave me a tour inside this cool structure…

…showed me the good use of the old bank vault…

…and even gave me free samples of the homemade shortbread cookies that they were selling.

Pretty tasty.

In fact, you might want to get a box for yourself, if they didn’t already sell out.

 

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