Sep. 9—After a one-year layoff due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Aiken's Makin' arts and crafts show is making its grand return to downtown Aiken on Friday.
The event, held by the Aiken Chamber of Commerce, will feature 168 artisans and 20 food vendors from across the Southeast. Aiken's Makin' will be contained within downtown Aiken today and tomorrow, opening at 9 a.m. each day and closing at 6 p.m. on Friday and 5 p.m. on Saturday.
There is no charge to attend.
Attendees should be able to find almost anything their heart desires, as a full spectrum of items can be found at the festival including folk art, pottery, personalized gifts, handmade clothing, basket weaving, iron work, candles, textile art, hair accessories, handbags and accessories, handmade cards, leather, mosaic, wood, canvas art and stained glass.
There will also be edible products like sweets, dips, jams and homemade pickles.
There is an ATM at TD Bank located at the corner of the show at 142 Chesterfield St. S.E.
The layout of the festival, which is typically well-attended, has been altered this year to better accommodate social distancing. Booths will be spaced out under the trees in the parkways along Park Avenue from Chesterfield to Union streets.
Dianne Phillips, the show's director and the chamber's vice president of administration, said some features have been eliminated "that would cause crowds to gather so that we can give everybody that social space that they each need."
Hand-sanitizing stations will also be spaced throughout the show's grounds.
"From the practical to the whimsical, there is something for everyone at Aiken's Makin'," Phillips said.