Aiken's Makin' Just Around the Corner
It's a little more than three months away, and Aiken's Makin' planning is right on target.
"We are on schedule in all key areas," said Co-Chair John McMichael, Hutson-Etherredge Company, of the annual arts and crafts festival set for September 10 and 11 this year.
Co-Chair Shelia Taylor, First Citizens Bank, agreed. "All of the crafters and food vendors have been notified of their acceptance into the juried show, and we are now working on entertainment and other important aspects of the event."
"The committees are doing a terrific job, and we have met our sponsorship goals. I think all of our strategic planning is paying off," McMichael added.
The two co-chairs and Dianne Phillips of the Chamber's professional staff started meeting last November to begin the planning process for 2010. At that time they set up a month-by-month timeline for the popular event held in the parkways of downtown Aiken.
The group has been meeting with the City of Aiken on the parkways, which are currently being revamped. The changes in the parkways hold promise for Aiken's Makin'.
"We'll now have permanent electrical and water stations for the food vendors, which will be a very welcomed addition," said Taylor.
"And we'll have a different, more aesthetically pleasing, look to the parkways that will provide for an easier flow of foot traffic," McMichael said.
Visit www.aikenchamber.net to learn more about the 2010 Aiken's Makin' arts and craft festival.