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Craft fans to converge on Bell Buckle

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Webb Art and Craft Show returns this weekend, beginning at 9 a.m. and lasting until 5 p.m. on Saturday and 4 p.m. on Sunday.  

“We’re so very glad to have it back. So many people love this show, and we love seeing all the happy faces!” said Jenny Hunt, Public Relations Director for the Bell Buckle Chamber of Commerce.  

What to expect  

The Webb Art & Craft Show will be located on the Sawney lot on Maple Street and will be complete with juried exhibitors, featuring handmade arts and crafts such as pottery, metal works, wood working, textiles, jewelry, old fashioned soaps and lotions just to name a few. It will showcase the “finest of the finest in town.” 

In addition to the popular exhibitors located at the site of the original Webb Art & Craft show, there will also be “all-world” food trucks offering a variety of cuisine from all over the world. Visitors can enjoy their favorite eats while sitting at the hay bale seating area located next to the food trucks and live music. 

In addition to the Webb Art & Craft Show which has been named the favorite show by readers of the Tennessee magazine for over ten years straight, there are more than 700 other booths in town to explore.  

“Win-win” impact  

This show has grown to such proportions in recent years, according to Hunt. Some 100,000 to 130,000 have been known to attend in a weekend.  

And even though there is no way of determining just how many will show up this year, according to other events they’ve seen “post-pandemic”, crowds have been larger than usual, Hunt said.  

The city of Bell Buckle does not see a major bump in sales tax revenue due to more vendors filing online rather than onsite, Hunt told the Times-Gazette. However, the event still has an impact economically for residents and local artists alike.  

It gives the town, shop owners, and artists “high visibility,” a trickle-down effect that can be seen for months after the fair and through the holiday season, according to Hunt.  

It’s because of “so many return visitors wanting to visit when ‘it’s not so crowded’ to enjoy the real everyday Bell Buckle,” Hunt said.  

“So it’s a win-win in so many ways.”  

For more info  

Reference the Bell Buckle Chamber Facebook page or www.bellbucklechamber.com for maps, parking (including handicap parking), porta toilets, and first aid stations. The city streets will be closed to traffic.  

The Bell Buckle Chamber of Commerce Facebook page will be updated continuously throughout the day with live traffic and parking updates as well as any other announcements that are needed. The best place to park to get to the Webb Show is the ball fields at Webb School. Though there are plenty of parking lots on all sides of town, the Webb lot is the closest to the juried show. Boy Scout troops on site will direct parking.  

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