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10/4/2013 9:10:00 AM
Sogn Valley Craft Fair celebrates 41 years

The townie sidewalk art fair gives way to a traditional farmstead art fair in Cannon Falls the first weekend in October when the 41st annual Sogn Valley Craft Fair returns to the Makarios Farm and Pottery. Twenty-eight select regional artists will be selling their fine crafts in open-air booths.

Visitors from the Twin Cities, Rochester and nearby are invited to make an autumn excursion to five and a half miles west of Cannon Falls on County 24 Blvd. on Saturday, October 5, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday, October 6, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. There is no admission and free on-site parking is available.

Beside admiring and selecting clay, jewelry, fiber, wood, glass, paint and other arts, visitors will find local organic produce, honey, botanicals and food crafts. Savory lunches and sweet snacks are from Ruhland's Strudel Haus, Local Roots Fine Foods and Crazy Puppy Gourmet Workshop.

Live music by Muchos Machos and Moonlight Duos rounds out both days.

As if the Sogn Valley Craft Fair is not enough, the trip could expand to nearby country celebrations: Ferndale Market, producer of free-range turkeys and marketer of other locally made products, has an open house celebrating its fifth anniversary on Saturday, October 5. And everyone can toast art in the country at a wine tasting in celebration of Cannon River Winery's 9th anniversary also that Saturday. Maps to both Sogn Valley Craft Fair neighbors - and sponsors - are at the craft fair welcome table.

Details and directions at http://www.sognvalleycraftfair.com or on FaceBook https://www.facebook.com/sognvalleycraftfair

Sogn Valley Craft Fair has its roots in the Cannon Falls hobby farm of Peter Leach, who made pots and sold them at his farmstead fair starting in 1972. Leach developed his craft and went on to help found the Northern Clay Center in Minneapolis.

Leo and Dina Lisovskis, silversmiths of fine jewelry, are the only artists still at the Sogn Valley Craft Fair from those original shows on the Leach farm. Gary Crawford and Dawn Makarios both started making pots under Leach's tutelage, and now share leadership for today's Sogn Valley Craft Fair with an artist steering committee.

Every Sogn artist shares history in the region, care in developing a craft, and exudes pleasure in sharing with customers. Only proven, well-developed artists are invited to continue the 41-year tradition of a unique, enjoyable art fair in the country.

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