Bluffton, Indiana, was nicknamed “The Parlor City” over a century ago because its paved streets (a new phenomenon at the time) made the city “as clean as your parlor."
Bluffton's annual family-oriented spring arts and crafts show is from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., Saturday, May 12, in downtown Bluffton. The 41st annual show, sponsored by the Bluffton Area Chamber of Commerce, offers several family-oriented activities.
Over 60 craft and business booth displays will line Main Street Bluffton from the post office to the town hall. Craft displays range from jewelry, yard art, paintings, sand art for kids, antiques, plants and rugs.
Animal attractions includes a llama exhibit from Hard Rock Llama Co., Ada; pony rides from Hinkle Pony Ride, Mt. Blanchard; and a display of dogs up for adoption from TLU Rescue, Bluffton.
New to this year's show is the addition of the Pumpkin Vine Railroad, Arcadia, which is a kid's train ride.
Various local food vendors include kettle popcorn, homemade ice cream, carnival food, a church lawn food booth, senior citizens lunch and an international food booth.
Bluffton farmers' market featuring homegrown vegetables, pies, cookies, jellies and plants will be part of the show from 8:30 a.m. until noon.
Over 15 Bluffton chamber member businesses will also have booths to display their products and services. Many Bluffton Main Street businesses will have sidewalk sales during the show.
Musicians from Bluffton High School will also perform during the show.
The annual event is a Bluffton chamber fundraiser. In the past year the chamber lead a downtown Bluffton effort for new Christmas lights and garland. That project cost nearly $25,000 paid by Bluffton businesses and the chamber. Proceeds from the show assist in payment toward the Christmas lights project.
Persons wanting more information may contact Fred Steiner, 419-369-2985, e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org or visit the chamber website at explorebluffton.com.
oMain Street will be closed at 5 a.m., Saturday morning from Elm Street to the farmers' market.
oElm Street will be closed from Main to the alley behind the town hall. oVine Street will be closed from Main to the alley at Jeanne's Kitchen. oChurch Street will be closed from Main to the alley at Citizens National Bank.
oCherry Street will be closed from Main to the alley behind Common Grounds.
Vehicles must be off Main Street and the side streets listed above after midnight on Friday.