36 Days to Aiken's Makin'

The 38th Annual Aiken’s Makin’ is a mere 36 days away, and numerous committees are busy preparing for the popular arts and crafts show set for September 5th and 6th. 

“I’ve been involved in this award winning event for the past six years, five as its co-chair, said current Co-Chair John McMichael, Hutson-Etherredge Company.  “Every year we listen to feedback from vendors and attendees, and then we tweak and improve where necessary.  I think the event just keeps getting better and better,” he said. 

Co-Chair Amber Holcomb, Trinity Home Health & Hospice Services, said, “As we gear up for another great Aiken's Makin’, vendors have been notified of acceptance and are preparing to bring Aiken some familiar crafts as well as some new and exciting items. Our jury did a great job reviewing the applicants’ entries and selecting the best of the best in each category.” 

“As always, we were pleased with the overwhelming response to the application process, which, of course, made for some tough decisions by the jury,” McMichael added. 

The Chamber received 235 applications for arts/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 will definitely have a variety of arts and crafts, and plenty of food choices, this year,” Phillips said “We have great community partners who are our sponsors, and I can never say enough about our volunteers who do a phenomenal job.”

“It all adds up to so many dedicated people working together to showcase our wonderful community.  Year after year, vendors tell us how much they feel welcomed and appreciated by the people of Aiken,” said Holcomb. 

Local business Dumpster Depot and the Aiken Chamber’s many volunteers will continue their efforts for an environmentally friendly event.  Last year with the help of Dumpster Depot, the Chamber was able to divert 50 percent of the waste generated.

“We are pleasantly surprised each year as the recycling statistics continue to grow, and we get more trash recycled each year,” Holcomb said.  “Not only have we been able to improve on an already successful event by bringing in the best crafters, we are continuing to strive for a greener and healthier event as we work with Dumpster Depot to make this a zero waste show.”

The 2014 Aiken’s Makin’ sponsors as of July 18, 2014 are: 

Masterpiece Sponsors:

Champion Window Company

Master Chevrolet

Sam’s Club #4879

Shaw/AREVA MOX Services, LLC 

Gallery Sponsors:

Aiken Standard

Atlantic Broadband

M.B. Kahn Construction Company, Inc.

WKSX Oldies 92.7


Studio Sponsors:

Allegra Marketing, Print & Mail


Carolina Outdoors

Dumpster Depot

Palmetto Propane & Havird Oil 

South Star Emergency Medical Services 

Visit www.aikenchamber.net to learn more about the 2014 Aiken’s Makin’.  For sponsorship information, contact Dianne Phillips at dphillips@aikenchamber.net or (803) 649-1200, ext. 224.

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