Arts & Crafts Festival
Early in the 1970s a local resident, Linda Dunn, decided Westfield should host an Arts and Crafts Show. For nearly 20 years Ms. Dunn was the effort behind this long running event. During the 1990s the YWCA became the sponsor and it's remained a part of the community since then. This is the largest fund raiser undertaken by the YWCA. Booth fees from the show and funds raised through the sale of water and Welch's juice at the YWCA tent help support the programs and services offered by the YWCA Westfield.
The focus of the show has always been high quality, hand crafted items. The organizers work each year to review the vendors, critique their products and maintain the highest level of talent and a unique mix of creations. Comments from patrons and vendors alike help with this process. Artists and Crafters interested in being a part of the show are invited to contact the YWCA to be added to the mailing list.
The festival is held in Moore Park, at the intersection of Rts. 20 and 394, in the heart of the village of Westfield. The park is tree lined and provides shade for the vendors and visitors alike. It's a grassy area with some sidewalks - it's accessible and easy to get around in. No pets are allowed in the park; service animals must have proper certifications.
There is no admission charge and the show goes on rain or shine. Free parking and shuttle service is available, local not for profit agencies offer food and beverages for sale. Many area restaurants and taverns are within walking distance.Visitors are encouraged to add these other area attractions to their weekend plans; the Lake Erie Wine Trail, CrossRoads, the Grape Discovery Center, professional grade golf courses and Chautauqua Institution.
The local Farmers Market sets up on Saturday morning and makes a wide selection of local fresh fruits, vegetables, flowers and Amish favorites available. Often there is musical entertainment during the festival afternoons.
Show dates for 2014 are July 25 and 26. The show is always set for the last full weekend in July.