Irons Park to be transformed into artisan paradise for 38th year

The Victorian Art Fair returns Aug. 12 & 13


WEST BRANCH — For 38 years the West Branch Creative Arts Association has been transforming Irons Park in West Branch into an artisan paradise Aug. 12-13.

First hosted in 1979, the art fair has come a long way since its beginning of 11 exhibitors — now boasting more than 200 from around the country.

The art fair features a variety of arts and crafts including furniture, jewelry and the growing trend of metal art.

In addition to the plethora of vendors and exhibitors, the art fair features events like the annual Optimist Club frog race, a teddy bear picnic hosted by the West Branch District Library, a three-legged race sponsored by the state police and a tug-of-war hosted by the Ogemaw County Sheriff’s Department, to name a few.

Due to the typically large attendance and the limited parking at the park, the art fair offers attendees free shuttle services from Plaza East, the Kmart parking lot, downtown West Branch and Fourth Street Gift Shop and Gallery.

The event runs from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 12, and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 13, and is free to attend. Because of the large crowds, attendees are asked to leave their pets at home.


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