garrison-day

Have you ever been to the Garrison Day Craft Sale in Beaver? I’m going to guess that at one point in your life, you have. It is a huge event, drawing in over 10,000 people, and this is the 37th year. That is a LOT of people for this small town!

In the middle of town on Third Street are the central Beaver parks. These include the Gazebo, made specifically for a certain special movie back in the 1980’s (Gung Ho fans unite – #8 on the Top 10 Signs list).

All three parks are really big and really pretty. They are tree filled and a lovely spot for a weekday picnic or stroll. These parks also house many of the town’s festivals, including Garrison Days.

The Garrison Day Craft Sale

On the second Saturday in June, every year for the last 36 years, these parks have been filled to the brim with excitement! The Garrison Day Craft Sale brings hundreds of vendors to town, selling everything from artwork and crafts to antiques and food.

On the Garrison Day Facebook page, you can see some of the vendors posting about their crafts. Crayon art, food jewelry, wood burning art and books are among the posts.

The YBC Inside Scoop

I was able to speak with Ethel Icenhour, the event coordinator, and she gave me the inside scoop on this year’s event. There are over 350 booths this year, the most there has ever been. She has even had to extend the sale onto Insurance Street, which is the street next to Huntington Bank. That is how huge this is becoming!

This all equates to a full day of browsing and inevitably a lot of shopping too! There is sure to be something for everyone. Ethel did mention that there are more antique vendors this year than in all years past, so if antiques are your thing, you should be pleased to hear that!

The Entertainment

There is also entertainment. The Fort McIntosh Fife and Drum Corps will be performing, along with other live shows – including the garrison shooting their muskets and a karate demonstration, among a handful of other acts.

The Amish will also be there in a booth making ice cream and serving their delicious apple dumplings. How are they going to make ice cream in a booth in the middle of June?? This really intrigues me!

Get the Details!

Garrison Days is one day only and will be held on June 13th. It is free to attend and runs from 9am until 6pm. There is a parking garage near the Court House, although my guess is that will fill up really quickly. There is street parking available on most streets through town though.

Shops in town will also be set up for the show, with specials and tables set up outside. I would suggest parking towards the end of town, near Snitger’s Bicycle Shop, stopping at Café Kolache for a quick coffee and bacon kolache before the event, and strolling down Main Street to see what the stores have to offer.

There are a couple of new stores in town so keep your eyes peeled for those –Two Rivers Olive Oil Company and Jeppie. Two Rivers Olive Oil is a tasting room filled with delicious olive oils and vinegars located a few doors down from Café Kolache, and Jeppie is a house wares and gift store near Sapling and Sons (on the other side of Third Street) that has a fantastic selection of different products – Including a vegan handbag line and handmade wooden house wares, among other things.

Also going on Saturday morning is the weekly Farmer’s Market in the Court House parking lot. This event has been growing in popularity as the weeks go by. It started at the beginning of May and includes many different gardeners, vendors, and the delicious Beaver Bagel Company that YBC has written about in the past! If you want a bagel to wash down your bacon kolache, get there early because they sell out real fast. The market runs 10am until 1pm.

So, when someone asks you what you are doing on Saturday, June 13th, you can answer with confidence ‘Spending the day in Beaver!!’ If you have never been to Garrison Days, make 2015 the year you start. See you there!

Anastasia Beaverhausen is a married, stay-at-home mom of three kids. She was born, raised and still lives in downtown Beaver. Her main goals in life are making sure everyone lives through the week, the house doesn’t end up condemned, and teaching two (so far) small people how to “people” properly. In her free time, Ana enjoys running, knitting and gardening, although free time is a pretty tough thing to come by these days. Follow her on twiter @bcBeaverhausen!