43 days to Aiken's Makin'

The 41st Annual Aiken's Makin' is a mere 43 days away, and numerous committees are busy preparing for the popular arts and crafts show set for September 8-9.
"I've been involved in this award-winning event for the past nine years, eight as its co-chair, said current co-chair John McMichael, City of Aiken. "Every year we listen to feedback from vendors and attendees, and th en we tweak and improve where possible. I think the event just keeps getting better and better," he said.
Co-chair Amber Davis, 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 204 applications for arts/crafts spaces of which 174 were accepted, including 59 vendors, who were not in the 2016 show. Twenty-one of 37 food vendors were accepted, according to Dianne Phillips, the Aiken Chamber's coordinator of Aiken's Makin'. Thirty-one applications were received from residents of Aiken County and 27 of those were accepted.
 "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 Davis.
Local business Dumpster Depot and the Aiken Chamber's many volunteers will continue their efforts to host an environmentally friendly event. Last year with the help of Dumpster Depot, the Chamber diverted over 80 percent of the waste generated, this included used cooking oil from the food vendors.
"We are pleasantly surprised each year as the recycling statistics continue to grow, and we get more trash recycled each year," Davis 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 2017 Aiken's Makin' sponsors as of July 20 are:
Masterpiece Sponsors:
Master Chevrolet
Southern Siding and Window Company
Gallery Sponsors:
Aiken Standard
Atlantic Broadband
Dumpster Depot
Thurmond Kirchner & Timbes Law Firm
WKSX Oldies 92.7
Studio Sponsors:
Allegra Marketing, Print & Mail
Palmetto Propane & Havird Oil
Visit www.aikenchamber.net to learn more about the 2017 Aiken's Makin'. For sponsorship information, contact Dianne Phillips at dphillips@aikenchamber.net or (803) 645-0169.
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