Annual Quad City Christmas Arts & Crafts Fair

The QCCA Expo Center in Rock Island, Illinois, welcomed the Annual Quad City Christmas Arts & Crafts Fair on November 27, 28, and 29, 2015.

db_q11According to Conrad Enterprises, the company who puts on the event, they estimated 10,500 to attend throughout the weekend. Their website boasts over 200 different exhibitors comprised of “85% country crafts and 15% fine arts”, all hand made wares.

IMG_0852There were also plenty of delicious holiday treats, from coffee cakes to fudge, to candied apples to popcorn. The air was intoxicating with the scent of cinnamon roasted almonds, a bag of which I purchased because they smelled so good.

IMG_0832It was the ‘fine arts part’ of the event that I found the most interesting. There were live demonstrations of different trades men and woman all throughout the fair. The gentleman operating his spinning wheel mesmerized me, as did the woodworking women of Marie’s Wooden creations. I admired their dedication to their art despite how meticulous or time-consuming.

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IMG_0842It was not your stereotypical holiday craft fair; there was quite the variety of attractions offered for all in attendance. It is a family-friendly event, so there were toys and children’s clothes a plenty. There were also decorations for your lawn or home, and cool creations I didn’t even know existed, like the glass-blown beer bottles made by Jonathon Gartland, a glass artist from Peoria, Illinois.

IMG_0822I also enjoyed the local aspect; there were many artists from Iowa and Illinois present.

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I had a gentleman, Dan Ford, of Water’s EDDGe, Inc., in Orion, Illinois, make me an ornate fishing lure that is guaranteed to catch me a large bass.

IMG_0836I saw another man create jewelry out of repurposed spoons; turning too-often tossed aside items into treasures.

IMG_0854IMG_0853The Quad City Christmas Arts and Craft Fair was also a drop off area for Toys For Tots; a new, unwrapped toy would waive the $4 admission fee.

IMG_0856I enjoyed myself much more than I expected to and plan on making it an annual tradition. I was impressed with the variety of different things being offered and attractions provided for everyone there. It was a great way to shop local for the holidays and be able to meet many different artists all at once. Check out the website here or the Facebook page to keep connected until next year.

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Deborah Davis Deborah Davis, otherwise known as QCAlegirl, was born and raised in Davenport, Iowa, where she currently resides. A self-proclaimed craft beer fanatic, she spends her days either working at a local nano-brewery or researching and writing for her blog, qcalegirl.com. While she’s not traveling around the Midwest in search of new experiences, she also enjoys yoga, reading, and spending time with her friends and family.

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