MARION — Marion Old Fashion Days is a summer tradition — a highly anticipated opportunity to participate in a two-day program of activities designed for both adults and children.

This year the popular event is scheduled for Friday, Aug. 1, and Saturday, Aug. 2, and includes the third annual Arts and Crafts Fair, which is fast becoming a favorite feature of the village festival.

Coordinators of the event, sponsored by the Marion Chamber of Commerce, are Carolyn Ahrens and Sue Weisburg.

“It’s a family event and gives everyone, including the kids, a chance to see a variety of arts and crafts and realize how many talented folks we have in our community,” said Ahrens. “We hope it will also encourage young people to pursue and develop their own creative talents.”

Weisburg agrees.

“We’re really happy to see the Arts and Crafts Fair become so popular and draw in a lot of attendees from all around the area,” said Weisburg. "This is our third fair and we’re glad that more and more people stop by every year.”

The arts and crafts show attracts a large number of Marionites and visitors who enjoy the colorful mix of paintings, jewelry, quilts, homemade soaps, gifts, aprons, woven and knitted items and live demonstrations of spinning and other traditional crafts.

The event will be held from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Aug. 2 in the Marion Township Hall at 120 E. Main St. and will showcase the creations of more than a dozen local artists and crafters. New highlights include hands-on craft activities for kids and the opportunity to meet local authors who will display and sell signed copies of their books.

One of the featured authors is Peggy Hoard from Marion who offers two new publications. “Christmas Skits for Churches” is a collection of six easy-to-produce skits that relate the true meaning of Christmas. “Questions” is a poignant novella that traces a mother’s journey as she deals with her son’s suicide.

According to Janet Flemming, chamber of commerce representative, the fair is an ideal way to focus attention on talented artists, crafters and writers from the local area.

“The fair promotes and supports our local creative community,” Fleming said. “It brings about an appreciation of our artists and crafters. And we’re glad to add writers this year. I believe everyone will enjoy meeting and talking with our local authors.”

There is no admission charge for the fair and everyone can register for the chance to win intriguing and attractive door prizes contributed by the exhibitors.

Vendors interested in participating in the Arts and Craft Fair should contact Carolyn Ahrens (231) 743-9830 or Sue Weisburg (231) 743-6609.

Flyers with details of all the Old Fashion Day activities are available at Flemming’s Clothing, 108 W. Main St., in Marion.