LEADING Australian craft expo CraftAlive attracted thousands of people over three days to the Mount Gambier Showgrounds.
CraftAlive is Australia’s largest craft event bringing together interstate and local exhibitors, focusing on the latest craft trends, supplies and homemade items in addition to workshops and classes.
Event coordinator Sally Taylor said she was blown away by the response from the Limestone Coast public.
“We had such a great turn-out for the weekend,” she said.
“A lot of our regular vendors from the area have been asking us to visit, so we knew there was interest, but we did not realise how much.”
Ms Taylor said enthusiasts were already asking whether the event would return next year.
“If all things go to plan then we will be back bigger and better next year,” she said.
“It is great to be able to bring things like this to regional areas so everyone can experience all the new trends in craft.”
In addition to attracting craft enthusiasts from across the South East, the event welcomed people from throughout the state.
Emilia Kronbergs and Vanessa Phillips won a double pass for the Mount Gambier event and travelled over five hours from Wasleys to explore the displays.
“We were already thinking about coming down, but when we won the double pass we knew we definitely had to make the trip,” Ms Phillips said.
“There are craft expos in Adelaide that we have gone to in the past, but we definitely think this has been the best we have attended.
“It has been great to explore the region on top of going to an event like this.”