Missoula’s Summer MADE Fair in Caras Park brings an eclectic celebration of creative indulgence to Caras Park, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Sunday, June 18.
“The Summer MADE Fair presents a wonderful opportunity to purchase local crafts and art, but it’s also so much more than that,” said fair presenter and REcreate Designs owner Carol Lynn Lapotka. “It’s a day of fun and a place for families and people of all ages. It’s a chance to shop, run into friends, and support local artists and organizations.
Now in its 15th year, the all-day alternative market offers handmade crafts from 160 regional artists plus family activities, a handful of nonprofits, and a scrumptious selection of local food and beverages.
“More than your ordinary arts and craft market, it offers a way for artisans to connect with the community and tell their stories,” says Lapotka, who also presents MADE Fairs in Bozeman and Helena.
She encourages visitors to enjoy the views from the recently renovated Caras Park and soak up summer along the Clark Fork River, while supporting local artists and a sweatshop-free economy.
“We received over 275 applications this year and are featuring the best, with lots of new and exciting talent to be showcased at our summer event,” Lapotka says.
Summer MADE Fair fferings include stylish handmade clothing, handcrafted jewelry, recycled metal sculptures, colorful paintings, to-die-for handbags, upcycled clothing, screen-printed tees, ceramics, re-worked vintage jewelry, “and that special one-of-a-kind something that you or someone you love can’t live without.” Last-minute shoppers can also find gifts for Father’s Day or a favorite graduate.
“We’re sure that you will enjoy the selection and atmosphere at the summer Missoula MADE fair, whether you are a creative type or a local connoisseur of all that is hip,” says Lapotka.
The MADE fairs are presented by HandMADE Montana – a professional organization for art and handcrafted goods that provides resources to artists, and encourages growth and support for community efforts. This event is organized by Lapotka (REcreate designs) and Courtney Blazon, with assistance from MADE fair ambassadors and local artists.