EASLEY — The annual Fall for the Arts celebration in Old Market Square drew big crowds on Saturday, despite the threat of rain.
“We were all here and set up early but I don’t think the first people really showed up until closer to nine,” said Amity Buckner of Pickens County First Steps. “But it seems like a good turnout, we’ve had a lot of families stop by for books.”
First Steps was handing out educational information for parents and popular children’s books for kids, including Pete the Cat — a favorite among little ones, she said.
“It’s a cute story, Pete is getting ready to go to school and he doens’t know what to wear — everyone’s telling him to wear certain clothes,” Buckner explained. “But in the end, he decides to wear what he likes and he realizes he’s been cool all along.”
Just down the row a bit, kids attending the arts and crafts show were entertained further with the toy bow and arrows crafted by Fargo, Minn., native Jim Varton.
“I used to drive semi-trucks before I stopped to do this full time,” Varton said. “And believe it or not, it all came from a school Show and Tell.”
Varton said he constructed the cloth tipped arrows for the school presentation and by the end of the day had requests from half the teachers to make them for their kids.
“It was crazy, but I just said OK,” he said. “So, that’s what I do now — I travel around to these fairs and shows and sell my toys.”
In all, Fall for the Arts packed out the square with artists, dancers and musicians, including Piedmont native Ashland Craft who appeared as a contestant on the popular reality television singing show The Voice.
And if you missed it, wow. Because according to this reporter, (whose not even a country music fan,) that girl can sing.
The event marked the closing of a — by all accounts — successful 2018 season for the Farmer’s Market in downtown Easley.
The Market will return next Spring in its usual spot in front of City Hall.