A History of Lee’s Summit’s Original Craft Show
December 1973: Village Fair Clubhouse – 12 Crafters
1974-75: Harris Community Center
1976 – Present: The Pavilion at John Knox Village
In December of 1973, Craft Patch was born. My mother, Dona, along with a few other friends, held the first show in Lee’s Summit’s Village Fair sub-division clubhouse. The show outgrew that location and moved to the Community Center at Harris Park in Lee’s Summit for two years. Once again, the show became rather popular in its location and had to look for a new home. John Knox Village Pavilion was new to the rapidly growing city of Lee’s Summit, so in December of 1976 Craft Patch moved to its present location, the John Knox Village Pavilion. We now have over 125 booths and a waiting list of potential crafters.
The show dates have remained unchanged throughout the years, always the first Friday & Saturday after Thanksgiving weekend. The show can be as early as November 30th or as late as December 6th.
My mother, Dona, ran the show from 1973 until she retired in 1999. She wanted to keep the show in the family, and turned the show over to her sister, Debbie Deane. She did an excellent job of hosting the show and also added 2 additional shows to the family, Raspberry Meadows and Oktoberfest.
These shows were orignally produced by the staff of the Pavilion for over twenty years. The Pavilion wanted to get out of the craft show producing business and asked if Debbie was interested in taking over the shows in 2007. She did an excellent job of hosting all 3 shows and improving them every year.
My mother and I look forward to hosting all 3 shows for the first time in 2012. With my mothers craft expertise and my organizational skills, we have no doubt we will continue to create great relationships with the crafters and shoppers each and every year. We are always looking for new ways to improve the shows so please let us know if you have any ideas.
Trisha Fowler Arcuri and Dona Fowler