The 2018 Grand Rivers Labor Day Weekend Arts & Crafts Festival runs September 1-3 - Saturday, Sunday, and Monday of Labor Day Weekend. This Festival was started by Kentucky’s Western Waterland in 1975 and is the longest running and largest Arts & Crafts Festival in western Kentucky. Last year, this three-day arts and crafts show drew over 100 crafters and artisans and 11,000 shoppers.
As you might expect, you will find a huge variety of handcrafted items that include: Jewelry, furniture, photography, baskets, furniture, paintings, honey, soaps, lotions, jewelry, quilts, woodwork, holiday decorations, pottery, candles, gourds, stained glass, bird houses, rocking chairs, weathervanes, and much more!
Back by popular demand in 2018, the show will again feature three days of live Bluegrass and River music on the main stage. The festival also has a stage where crafters will present demonstrations. Visitors will also be able to enjoy a wide variety of delicious carnival food and regional specialties.
The show is presented by the Grand Rivers Chamber of Commerce. The income from the show supports the Chamber’s Charitable contributions including the Annual Chamber Scholarship Fund, Livingston County Helping Hands donation, Family First’s Livingston County Schools Snack Pack program and more.
Admission is $2 for Adults or $5 per car inside the park. Children under 12 are free.
Saturday, September 1st
MAIN STAGE MUSIC SCHEDULE
9 - 11 am The Elliot Howard Band
The Elliot Howard Band is an acoustic/folk/rock/Americana group based out of Hopkinsville, KY. They write inspiring lyrical songs while also creating unique covers of crowd favorites. Two guitars, one fiddle, and one homemade kick drum.
1 - 3 pm JD Wilkes
J.D. Wilkes is an American visual artist, musician, author, filmmaker, and Kentucky Colonel. He has recorded harmonica for Merle Haggard, Sturgill Simpson, John Carter Cash, Hank Williams III and his own group Legendary Shack Shakers, whose music was featured on the Grammy-nominated soundtrack for HBO’s TrueBlood.
Sunday, September 2nd
9 - 11am Wheelhouse Rousters
The Wheelhouse Rousters draw not only their moniker and musical style from the river and its industry, but their ebb and flow of energy. Focusing on long-forgotten songs gathered by Mary Wheeler of Paducah, the Rousters give a new twist to old tones.
1 - 3pm Eddy Grove Trio
Eddy Grove Trio is a 3-piece band that enjoys performing Folk/Bluegrass/Roots/ Americana.
Sunday, September 2nd
Attend the Grand Rivers Labor Day Arts & Crafts Show on Sunday morning from 9 - 11 am or on Monday afternoon from 1-3pm to save on admission fee. Special Admission fee of $1.00 per person at the walk-in gate on these Sunday morning and Monday afternoon hours. As always, children under 12 are free.
Monday, September 3rd
11am Jack Martin
Jack Martin and Good Company is an authentic bluegrass band playing music in the style of first generation bluegrass musicians. You’ll hear songs from the golden age of bluegrass played in the 1950’s, including the songs of Bill Monroe and His Bluegrass Boys, The Stanley Brothers, Lester Flatt, Earl Scruggs and the Foggy Mountain Boys, and many more.