Time is drawing near for the 43rd annual Hansen Arts and Crafts Fair. If you enjoy arts and crafts, plan to spend Aug. 20 in Logan. Logan is home to the Dane G. Hansen Memorial Museum, which sponsors one of the best arts and crafts fairs around. Each year numerous artists and crafters from Kansas and surrounding states turn the Hansen Plaza Square into a shopper’s paradise. Family and friends rally together for this annual event. There is no admission charge.
Crafters check in before dawn in preparation for the fairs’ 9 a.m. opening. Food vendors line two sides of the Square. Delicious offerings might include hamburgers, brats, turkey and noodles, homemade pies, pulled pork sandwiches, hot dogs, sno-cones, egg rolls, crab rangoons, and more. If you start the day hungry, you won’t be for long.
The day gets underway with a charity 5K Run/2 Mile Fun Walk. Registration & T-shirt pickup begins at 7 a.m. The 5K run will start at 8 a.m. with the 2 mile walk to follow at 8:15. All proceeds will be donated to the Phillips County Hospice.
Iowa chain saw artist Blair Smith will be on the grounds to astonish with his chain saw artistry. Blair will begin performing at 8 a.m. and will complete several sculptures. Two of Blair’s sculptures will be given away in drawings at 10:45 a.m. and 1:45 p.m.
For your listening pleasure, live music will be provided on two stages throughout the day. The south stage will show case Mark Nebel, Smith Center, at 10 a.m., noon and 2 p.m. The “Uncalled 4,” a barber shop quartet, with members from north central Kansas , will control the north stage performing at 11 a.m. and 1 p.m.
Throughout the day, artisans will be giving presentations around the Plaza Square. Artisan presentations will include: fast draw shooting by the Deer Creek Regulators; “Fleece to Fabric” by Area Weavers & Spinners and The Shepherd’s Mill; black smith techniques with Brian Bethke; painting by certified Bob Ross instructors T.R. Matthews and SandySeamone; wheel throwing techniques on the potter’s wheel by Josh Novak; and local artist, Staci Hartman, will be on hand to demonstrate oil painting.
After strolling around the Plaza Square, step inside the museum and meander through the gallery. The exhibit “Wood Turning and Gourds,” by Kenneth Eberle and Leo Groff, Jr., Ellis, will be on display. These gentlemen have brought their own designs to the centuries old art forms of wood turning and gourd carving. Come in, cool off, and take a look at the unique talents of Ken Eberle and Leo Groff Jr. And, while inside, don’t forget to look at the handmade wood items by Gerrad and Lauren Speer for sale in the Artist of the Month area.
Next, amble over to the Community Room where to check out antique appraising, quilting demonstrations, and membership sales. From 9 a.m. to noon, and 1 to 3 p.m., antique appraiser Bob Jones will be available to give a free verbal approximation of value on two of your antiques. At 10:30 a.m. and 12:30 p.m. Janie Lowry will be giving demonstrations on “Quilted Table Toppers.” Don’t forget to stop by the membership table to purchase or renew your Dane G. Hansen Memorial Museum membership. Purchasing a membership during the Arts & Crafts Fair automatically enters the buyer in the Purchase Prize drawings — $500.00 dollars worth of purchase prize certificates will be given away in drawings held at 10:45 a.m. and 1:45 p.m. (must be present to win).
At 9 a.m. Inflate-o-Fun will be ready to entertain the children with a 30-foot obstacle course, combine slide, and king bounce castle. At 1 p.m. the kid’s tent will host Bingo for the youngsters with prizes and free helium balloons.
The highlight of the day will be the selection of 12 new winners (and two alternates) of the coveted “Artist of the Month” award. This year’s crafters will be judged for their uniqueness, quality of craft, and display. Winners will be presented with ribbons and certificates prior to the public announcement and photos at 2:30 p.m.