The only thing Aiken's Makin' co-chair John McMichael said he was waiting on for this year's two-day arts and crafts festival is good weather.
Aiken's Makin' will be held Sept. 5 and 6 along Park Avenue in downtown Aiken, and the vendors that were chosen by a panel of jurors have all been sent their invitations to participate.
“Everyone that was chosen has been invited,” McMichael said. “The jurors were real, real pleased with the selection this year.”
The Greater Aiken Chamber of Commerce reported it received 235 applications for arts and crafts spaces, of which 180 were accepted, including 42 new vendors.
Twenty-three of 39 food vendors were accepted, according to Dianne Phillips, the Aiken Chamber's coordinator of Aiken's Makin'.
“We've got the standards and a few surprises. We have some very interesting food vendors,” McMichael said.
Food vendors include Bailey's Concessions with mustard-based barbecue pork and boiled peanuts; Coats Enterprise Inc. with funnel cakes, elephant ears and cinnamon sticks; Dippin' Dogs with chocolate-dipped cheesecake; and Stuffed Puppies with hush puppies stuffed with barbecue and coleslaw.
Arts and crafts vendors include Those Kooky Chickens with recycled wire-screen paintings; Scherenschnilte – Scissor Cutting with hand-cut artwork done entirely with scissors from one piece of paper; Baggie Bag Lady Collections with recycled denim jean wearable art; Ginny's Fudge and Nuts with fudge, cinnamon-roasted pecans and turtles; Artful Folk with wind chimes featuring Depression glass; Earmine's Creations with sweetgrass baskets; and Beyond Rocks with pendants, bracelets and rings.
Dumpster Depot will be on hand again this year to make Aiken's Makin' an environmentally friendly event. Last year, the company helped divert 50 percent of waste generated by Aiken's Makin' from the landfill, according to the Chamber.
This year is the 38th year for Aiken's Makin'.
The festival will be held from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Friday, Sept. 5 and 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 6.
For more information, visit www.aikensmakin.net.
Haley Hughes is the news editor for the Aiken Standard.