What Is the Sugarloaf Craft Festival?


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Sugarloaf Craft Festivals are nationwide shows featuring contemporary crafts and fine art that must pass a jury review process, according to Sugarloafcrafts.com. Artisans must compete for the 200 to 350 spaces available per show. The submissions submit to a quality control assessment through slide shows. As of 2015, 13 Sugarloaf Craft shows take place annually in places such as Washington, D.C., Philadelphia, Baltimore and central New Jersey.

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Industry professionals often rank the Sugarloaf Craft Festivals in the Top 100 and top 10 percent of arts and crafts festivals in the United States. The festival draws hundreds of thousands of patrons and customers who buy original works directly from the artists. Criteria for each item includes design quality, workmanship and materials. Patrons find everything from pottery and blown glass to fine art, designer clothing items and home decor. Exhibitors range from top American artisans to emerging artists.

The Sugarloaf Craft Festivals began in Gaithersburg, Maryland in 1976. The largest festival still happens there at the Montgomery County Fairgrounds in November. The event has always been sponsored by Sugarloaf Mountain Works, which Deann and George Verdier founded in 1975. The founders still attend every show and work daily in the trade. The small company operates in Germantown, Maryland.

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