Dates: Monday, July 4 and Saturday, December 3.
Location: Kankakee County Fairgrounds Expo Center, 213 W 4000S Road, Kankakee, Illinois.
Fair hours: 9am to 3pm.
Vendors may set-up the afternoon before shows from 3-5pm.
The Les Artisans Arts and Crafts Fair focuses on handmade items; it is not a flea market or resale venue. The items sold must be the handiwork of the artist or crafter, or grown by the farmer. We will rent a very limited number of booths (not more than 10 per show) to home-based retail businesses on a first-come, first-served basis; only one vendor per business.
We welcome artists, fine crafters and farmers. If you are interested in participating, contact Ellen Stringer, Les Artisans Arts and Crafts Fair coordinator, at firstname.lastname@example.org or the BGHS Les Artisans Facebook page.
The Les Artisans Arts and Crafts Fair
The Les Artisans Arts and Crafts Fair began in the late 1970s as a spin-off of a popular arts and crafts booth at Maternity B.V.M. Church, hosted by the ladies of the St. Anne Sodality at their annual card party. Several of those ladies started Les Artisans as a fundraiser for the newly-formed Bourbonnais Grove Historical Society. The show ran many years at Maternity B.V.M., then several more years at Bradley Bourbonnais Community High School.
In 2011, the 4th of July Jubilee merged with the Les Artisans Arts and Crafts Fair. This show had originated as a fundraiser for Kankakee Community College's Athletic Foundation and flourished under the direction of long-time organizer, Pam Ash. After Pam’s retirement, the fairs hit a rough patch, followed by a decline in attendance and vendors. In 2016 Ellen Stringer became the fair coordinator. The Les Artisans Arts and Crafts Fair is now among the best shows in the area.