AIKEN, S.C. (WJBF) – Aiken’s Makin’ big crowds flock downtown for fine arts and crafts.
The annual event is celebrating 40 years of showcasing one-of-a-kind handmade items and staple food.
On Friday, hundreds of vendors lined the streets of Downtown Aiken.
Across the C.S.R.A. people have made the event a yearly tradition. Choosing Aiken’s Makin’ as a place to meet up with new and old friends.
Arts and crafts are the staple of the 4 decade long Aiken tradition. While you’re checking out the Freddy Krueger lamp you may run into Georgia’s very own Bobby Brown.
“Well I’m going to put one on you, my name really is Bobby Brown,” the Grovetown, Ga., resident said. “I don’t do rap but I’ll do you a little country.”
Brown and his handmade U.G.A. cane are a big talker in Gamecock territory. He says a run-in with a die-hard South Carolina fan a few year ago has become his yearly Aiken’s Makin’ tradition.
“It’ll be 3 years ago, I ran into a lady who is a big Gamecock fan and she was giving away water. I put my cane behind me and walked up to her table. I said can I have a drink of water for my dog?” Brown told WJBF NewsChannel 6. “She grabbed that, but I didn’t let her have it! Anyways we had a good conversation. I hope she’s here again this year.”
However, Brown isn’t the only person that has made his own rituals at the festival.
“It’s just tradition. I like to see what the people are making and selling. I love the funnel cakes! I always have to have a funnel cake.” Sandy McCormick, a resident of Aiken, said.
While many people haven’t even started thinking about the gift-giving season, some people use the arts and craft show to check-off the gifts on their list.
“The best thing of all is they walk away with a wonderful bunch of unique gifts.” City of Aiken Business Vitality Manager John McMichael, Jr. said.
The 2-day event last through 6 p.m. Friday and picks right up again on Saturday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m