Two events in one at the Thousand Islands Arts, Crafts and Antiques Festival

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CLAYTON, New York (WWNY) – Jewelry, pottery, paintings and everything in between. It’s the Thousand Islands premier arts, crafts and antiques festival at Cerow Arena.

The Craft Fair and the Antiques Fair are usually split into two weekends. Both were canceled last year due to COVID. This year it is combined into one event.

“We were excited all day yesterday. We’ve had a record turnout here, ”said Leslie Rowland, Executive Director of the Thousand Islands Art Center.

Rowland says about 1,500 people showed up throughout the weekend. They came to see the 80 or so booths.

One of them is Allman Promotions, they sell antiques. But for owners, this spectacle has added meaning.

“This show is just an annual event, it’s over 50 years old and that’s actually why we moved to Clayton 25 years ago,” said Stephen Allman of Allman Promotions.

Allman points out that they have a wide range of antiques on display. Some date back to the 1800s. A cow creamer he owns dates back to the late 1700s, and it costs thousands.

Other vendors are new to the game. Andrew Kane is with Feather in Flight Productions and he’s attending his first art show in Clayton.

“I’m actually a banker by trade and got back to photography when the drones came out,” said Andrew Kane of Feather in Flight Productions.

Kane’s photography gained popularity after posting his photos on Facebook. Kane enjoys taking aerial photos, many of them in his photo book. After experiencing this weekend’s festival for the first time, Kane already has his eyes set on next year.

“That I have to do it again. This is seriously my take out, ”Kane said.

A long-standing Clayton tradition is finally back. It looks different from before, but it’s as strong as ever.

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