Mid Development Program and Special Events
2017 Craft and Trade Show Schedule
Signs of Spring Craft Show
The Signs of Spring Craft Show is Saturday, April 8th.
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For more information about any of these programs or to setup a show, please contact, Kyla Martin at (308) 440-0153.
Mid’s Craft Show Story
Community Action Partnership of Mid Nebraska (Mid), located in Kearney, is a non-profit community services agency that strives to help people and change lives through their many community service programs. Mid organizes large craft shows in the Kearney area to provide an avenue for local crafters and service groups to promote their products and services. These large shows are part of the Development Program that work to raise discretionary funding for the agency.
Mid started managing the Holiday Splendor Craft Show in 2004 out at the Buffalo County Fairgrounds in the Exhibit Building. This show features a huge variety of crafters and local talent ranging from jewelry, delicious fudge, weaving, and woodworking. The show runs from 9:00-4:00.
In 2006, Mid was asked to take over the Spring Festival Craft Show which we now call the Signs of Spring. This show partners with other events going on at the fairgrounds to create quite a buzz for the day. Going on in conjunction with our craft show has been the Bumblebees and Ladybugs Children’s Consignment Sale and the Hand-me-downs 4 U Consignment Sale. These three shows have partnered with each other to create more promotional exposure. New to the scene are the CAS Antique Shows that will be showing in the Exhibition Building during Holiday Splendor.
Since so many requests for booths came in from non-crafters, the Mid’s Product Premiere Tradeshow was born in 2007 and held in the Extension Building. It was designed to create a venue for non-crafters. Geared towards home-party sales, direct sales companies, GROW Nebraska members, and other businesses with products for sale, this fair was a nice compliment to the next-door craft show.
With the creation of the brand new Expo Building, Mid was able to be the first craft/trade show of its kind in the new building in April 2011. We were able to combine the craft show with the Product Premiere all under one roof calling them craft and trade shows. It was amazing with a nice flow of artists, crafters, products and service vendors. Only one representative per company is allowed to show and others are put on a waiting list for their turn. This has proven to provide great economic opportunity in Nebraska.
In 2013, Mid was asked to promote a brand new show in Grand Island at the Fonner Park Exhibition Building. If successful, the Holidays in the Heartland Craft and Trade Show will be an annual event held in October to start the fall craft show season. Grand Island, a Class I city, hasn’t had a large craft and trade show in many years. With its central location and new State Fair facilities, it should grow to be a great show with tremendous attendance. Thinking the Harvest of Harmony Parade crowd would complement the craft show, the first two years were held on the first Saturday of the month. For the third year, Mid Show Promotions will hold it on the second Saturday of October to see if that will boost attendance. With all new shows, patience and perseverance are the key ingredients with promoters, advertisers, vendors and the community.
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For more information, please call Kyla Martin, Development Director and Show Promoter, at 308-440-0153 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.