Mule Days isn’t the only hub of activity in Bishop this week, thanks to the Inyo Council for the Arts and its popular, bi-annual Arts and Crafts Fair in the Bishop City Park.
With everything from photography and other fine arts, to edibles like homemade brittle, jams and jellies, the Memorial Day Weekend Arts and Crafts Fair is a must for residents and visitors enjoying Mule Days or a long fishing weekend alike.
According to ICA Director Lynn Cooper, the event includes 135 vendors and food booths from 9 a.m.-6 p.m. Friday, Saturday and Sunday and from 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Monday.
On Sunday, Cooper said, residents will find live music courtesy of a cavalcade of local performers, including Sage Romero of Big Pine, Fiddlin Pete Watercott and Neil Gelvin of Bishop, String Theory, Liz McAteer and many more.
Also on Sunday is the ever-popular Lions Club pancake breakfast from 7:30-9:30 a.m.
But the main event will be the availability of 100-plus vendors offering unique homemade, handcrafted items.
“You can expect great shopping,” Cooper said. “There’s always returning favorites and always a nice assortment of new ones.”
New this year will be a Big Pine resident, selling homemade brittle, truffles and other candy. She also said that another vendor will be offering preserves, jams and jellies, a first for the Arts and Crafts fair.
Another new vendor this year will be selling hand-crafted leather items, including saddles and other horse and mule tack.
Of courses, all the traditional items residents have come to love at the craft fair, including homemade soaps and body lotions, jewelry and furniture, will be available throughout the weekend.
In addition to the vendors and items for sale, Cooper said that a fully stocked food court is another popular attraction at the craft fair. This year, she said, the Rotary Snack Shack is boasting a brand new menu, featuring tacos and wraps.
“I think this is one of the favorite things that locals like to do during Memorial Day weekend. It’s a favorite. And the weather’s supposed to be perfect,” Cooper said.
Cooper also said that the City Park Pool will be open from 1-5 p.m. Friday through Monday for public swim. And, for the first time ever, the city pool will be offering refreshments for sale for park visitors.
For more information on the arts and crafts fair, call the ICA at (760) 873-8014.