Outback Art Fair keeps 20-year tradition going

MARQUETTE – The Outback Art Fair hit its 20th year this weekend, keeping its tradition of offering hand-made art and crafts to the thousands of people that visit the fair each year.

More than 100 vendors are packed into the Picnic Rocks area for the weekend festival, lining both sides of the bike path and offering patrons plenty of arts and crafts to view.

Just Country Folks owners Dick and Linda Kulhanek were on hand Saturday, selling their hand-made birdhouses, lighthouses, and other home decorations.

Many of the pieces are crafted using stones.

“We pick our own rocks out from Lake Superior, all from Lake Superior, ” Linda Kulhanek said.

Both said the crowd was thinner than usual, likely due to colder temperatures than average for the last weekend in July, with highs reaching only into the upper 50s, according to the National Weather Service.

On the other side of the show were the owners of Out of the Woods, Kevin and Deedee Maki from Trimountain, selling their handcrafted wooden furniture and decorations.

The Makis said the day had been going well, with “lots of traffic” and plenty of sales.

They’ve been participating in the Outback as vendors for the past six years.

“It’s a beautiful show,” said Deedee Maki. “We enjoy the show, plus the sales are really good.”

Set along the shores of Lake Superior vendors and patrons alike are treated to a beautiful beach background.

String music could be heard throughout the market Saturday afternoon, with local orchestra Eclettico playing their versions of today’s pop music. Other musicians played as well.

The show once again offered visitors a wide array of arts and crafts in its more than 100 vendors. Vendors ranged from local authors to those selling handmade soaps, jewelry, and clothing. Wood and metal workers were also available, offering beautiful furniture and home and garden decorations. Traditional artists were also on-hand, selling paintings, personalized drawings or photography.

Plenty of food vendors were also present in the lineup, offering hungry patrons a chance to rest their feet and appease their appetites.

The show continues today from 10 a.m. until 5 p.m.

Jackie Stark can be reached at 906-228-2500, ext. 242. Her email address is jstark@miningjournal. net.