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Boozin' and schmoozin': Elgin hosts summer Craft Artist Festival

ELGIN — The Elgin Craft Artisan Festival kicks off their annual four-event series Saturday at the Elgin Winery and Distillery.

Kim Rego, coordinator for the Craft Artist Festival, said she has 12 confirmed vendors for Saturday’s event, with a wide range of crafts and art available for purchase. There may be more, and any interested vendors should contact her before the end of the day Friday at 520-990-0137 or via email at elginfestival@gmail.com.

“I try and get a mix of things and not have five (similar) jewelry makers,” Rego said. “It really varies what people will bring.”

Based on the confirmed vendors that will be in attendance, shoppers can look forward to western-themed jewelry made with leather and turquoise; upcycled art; an artist whose medium is glass; quilts; handmade dog leashes and many other items.

Rego makes sure all vendors are local, in the sense they are from Southern Arizona and many are former military. She said she knows she has vendors from Sierra Vista, Tucson, Elgin and Whetstone.

Part of the vendor fees is donated to Tragedy Assistance Program for Survivors (TAPS), which according to the group’s website “offers compassionate care to all those grieving the loss of a military loved one.”

In addition to the craft venders, the vineyard and distillery will have tastings available to purchase. They will be unveiling their new aloha drink at the event.

“The hosts there (at Elgin Winery and Distillery) are about supporting local,” Rego said.

The Village of Elgin Craft Artisan Festival hosts all of the craft fairs in the courtyard of the vineyard.

The Craft Artist Festival runs from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and doesn’t require a fee to enter.

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