If you love homemade arts and crafts and various types of delicious food, then Brandon Park will be the place for you this weekend, Friday, June 23rd and 24th.
This always highly anticipated event has been a fixture on the Williamsport summer scene for more than 40 years.
Brandon Park is always packed to the gills with folks wanting to share their artistic wares and residents wishing to support local businesses and artisans by finding something special to take home.
While the park itself is going through some changes with the work on the baseball fields and the Bandshell hopefully receiving some much-needed upgrades soon, this is still a great opportunity to walk the park, play at the playground, and enjoy the tranquility that Brandon Park offers.
The Williamsport area is lucky to be home to a plethora of artisans, crafters, and makers. HomeMade Days is a Williamsport staple that gives these folks a platform to sell their goods and show residents their talent.
According to officials from the City of Williamsport’s Recreation Department, the purpose of HomeMade Days is to expose and educate both students and individuals of the region to art in all forms, as well as provide an event for artisans to display and sell their wares to a regional base of art lovers.
Officials are looking to evolve and grow as a show but stay true to the mission and original concept of all things handcrafted or “HomeMade,” as they say. During the two-day event each June, the annual arts and crafts show has drawn in an estimated 8,000-10,000 visitors in recent years.
In addition to the arts and crafts, visitors of all ages enjoy musical entertainment and a large variety of food vendors. Keeping the artisans in mind, they aim to make set up and tear down as stress-free as possible, with easy access and ample parking nearby. And advertising is a top priority, asking all participants to spread the word near and far, using only shared posts from the City of Williamsport Recreation Department or Brandon Park’s “official” Facebook pages.
Recreation officials state that Vendors should be prepared to cover the merchandise in case of inclement weather. A security company will provide nighttime supervision on June 23, 2023. Vendors may leave their set-up materials on-site overnight. However, the City of Williamsport and the HomeMade Days Committee will assume NO responsibility for lost, stolen, or damaged items.
No parking will be permitted behind or next to vendor space. (Failure to adhere to this rule will result in the vehicle(s) being towed and/or being asked to leave HomeMade Days.) All vendors will receive two parking passes for the vendor lot. There will be no exceptions to the parking plan.
Sean Walker, the city’s Recreation Director, added, “My vision for HomeMade Days is for the event to become bigger, better and to get more vendors to participate in the event. I’m looking forward to meeting all the vendors but also to get some feedback from them about the event. It’s going to be a great time seeing all the vendors, but also to see how talented they are with their booths and their products.”
Williamsport’s Annual HomeMade Days Arts and Crafts Show will be held on Friday, June 23, from 10 a.m. until 7 p.m. and Saturday, June 24, from 9 a.m. until 5 p.m. in the beloved and historic Brandon Park in Williamsport.