No shortage of vendors to explore for festival-goers

Shop til you drop at 200 vendor booths

Wednesday, October 24th, 2018 | Chris McGinn - Carolina Gateway
Shop til you drop at 200 vendor booths

Visitors will have no shortage of vendors to explore at the Indian Land Fall Festival on Nov. 3-4.

Want steampunk-inspired jewelry, handmade soap, or new gutters for your house? You can find it as you browse the nearly 200 arts and crafts, business and nonprofit vendors that have signed up for the two-day festival to be held at the Indian Land schools complex.

“We are going to have a wide variety of things at the festival so it should be informative and fun,” said Robin Hensel, volunteer festival coordinator and local real estate agent.

CAROLINA GATEWAY — Lonnie Knabel, a local caricature artist, will return with his funny drawings done on site at his booth Caricatures by Lonnie. A former Orlando Sentinel newspaper illustrator and Disney caricature artist, Knabel now lives in Sun City.

“It’s very festive and busy,” he said of the festival last year. “I made good money, and it was a lot of fun.”

His drawings range from black and white faces for $10 to more elaborate full body color drawings, including personalized characters such as Harry Potter or Cinderella, for $25.

Local nonprofit organizations will use the festival to spread awareness of their various causes to the thousands who will visit the event.

More than 40 nonprofit groups will attend, including HOPE in Lancaster, Operation Christmas Child, Champions of Change, Be In Favor (of the upcoming recreation bond referendum) and several local churches.

This year’s festival will be held the weekend before Election Day offering a last-chance opportunity for candidates, such as Archie Parnell, who will speak at the event, to meet and greet potential voters.

A number of local businesses will also have informative booths to tell the community more about what they have to offer. Learn more about local health-care providers, insurance agencies, home improvement and children’s activities from the more than 40 business vendor booths.

Cultivate Health Chiropractic is one local health care provider who will be on hand offering complimentary health assessments using state-of-the-art technology.

“We want to tell our story and let people experience what we do,” said Dr. Jessica Bradburn.

Local artist and Winthrop junior Cameron Carter plans to offer his high-fired ceramic art at this year’s festival. He uses local materials sourced from his property to create bowls, mugs, pitcher and other items.

“I want to show people the materials we have here in South Carolina,” he said.”We have a happy medium of low- and high-fire clays.”

He creates functional forms with a Japanese-inspired aesthetic, he said. He will have a range of products from bowls and mugs from $15 to higher-priced large platters for $100.

He is one of dozens of regional artisans and crafters who will be on hand. Popular home-based brands such as Paparazzi, Tupperware, LulaRoe and Lipsense will also be represented.