Craft festival brings thousands of Punta Gorda shoppers

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PUNTA GORDA, Fla. – The second annual Punta Gorda Thanksgiving Weekend Craft Festival brought out thousands of shoppers Saturday and Sunday.

“Social distancing is important, but it’s nice to get out of the house and do a little shopping,” festival attendee Marsha Acker said.

“It’s nice that they came back out and started doing these craft fairs again,” Drew Brock said.

It was nice for the nearly 100 businesses at the fair too.

Businesses like Aluminum Jewelry and Ryan Curran Art, who said they struggled during the pandemic and are grateful to be back at craft shows like Punta Gorda’s.

“There was a time when we were out of business for like seven months,” said Robert Betancourt with Aluminum Jewelry. “The pandemic hit and then it was seven months of no shows so every artist here was struggling.”

“It’s been a tough year I think, for all of us out here,” said Ryan Curran. “I think we’re happy to be back up and running again.”

Organizers put multiple precautions in place to ensure that the event could happen safely, including requiring masks, and spacing out booths for social distancing.

“Keeping everybody safe has been our most important priority,” organizer Helayne Stillings said.

If you missed this weekend’s festival, you can catch the next one in Punta Gorda in January.



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