MANCHESTER, Vt., Sept. 12, 2017 /PRNewswire/ — When autumn approaches, that’s when the craft festival season begins in earnest. Craftproducers kicks off American Craft Week in Vermont with the 29th Annual Manchester Fall Art and Craft Festival. The show will be held September 29 through October 1, at Riley Rink on Route 7A, a mile and a half north of downtown Manchester, Vermont. The show will take place inside the cozy confines of Riley Rink. 

Many Exhibitors Demonstrate Their Craft at the Festival (PRNewsfoto/Craftproducers)

According to organizers of American Craft Week, “While other industry associations have long touted their products, the craft industry has lacked a single way to be highly visible. Along with craft organizations across the USA, Vermont is a leader in supporting American Craft Week. American Craft Week is held 10 days in October and the hope is to educate more people about the importance of American craftsmen and women. Crafts enrich our homes, wardrobes, offices and public spaces. The crafts industry contributes to our nation’s economy and the fabric of our national history. Craftwork is original, beautiful and enduring.” As one craft artist put it, “this is the creative economy!” 

The Manchester show features 150 artists and artisans displaying and selling traditional and contemporary crafts and original art as well as a specialty food section. While craft shopping, customers are delighted with great food, live music, and Vermont craft beers.   

Besides savoring Vermont food and drink, there are many craft demos. Craftproducers is proud to feature Zhong-Hua Lu as one of its demonstrating exhibitors at this year’s show. His life story, artistic work and teaching career are all remarkable and well documented in a detailed memoir written by his wife, Ellen Graf.  

Once again, the Manchester Fall Art and Craft Festival will be held September 29 through October 1 at Riley Rink. Hours are 10-5 daily, Friday through Sunday. Adult admission is $10, children are free. Rain or shine-inside building. Free parking. No pets, please. Complete information is available at

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