2020 Pink Palace Crafts Fair Has Been Cancelled
Annual Crafts Fair is the latest victim of COVID closings
The Friends of the Pink Palace Museum, host of what would have been the 48th Annual Pink Palace Crafts Fair have decided to cancel this year’s Crafts Fair. “I am so disappointed that we had to cancel the fair due to the ongoing COVID -19 crisis and the concern with holding large events,” said Pam Dickey, Chairman of the Pink Palace Crafts Fair.
The Crafts Fair has been a staple in Memphis since 1973, when the Crafts Fair had its modest beginnings on the lawn of the Pink Palace Museum with roughly 30 craftsmen. The Crafts Fair has been host to over 200 world-class craftsmen from across the nation and crowds of visitors annually. We thank all of our artists and visitors for making the Crafts Fair a huge success for the past 47 years. We look forward to hosting the Crafts Fair next year.
The Pink Palace Crafts Fair has had a long history of providing an intriguing array of one-of-a-kind crafts, live performances, and of course the ever-popular Choo Choo train that hustled passengers of all ages around the Fair grounds. “I’ll miss lots of things about the crafts fair… the amazing crafts of course, but also the Pronto Pups and funnel cakes,” joked one longtime Fair visitor.
The Friends of the Pink Palace are the largest donor to the Pink Palace Museum system. Their time, effort and financial support allow the Museum to provide high-quality programming and events for the community, free admission and programs to Title 1 students through the Open Doors/ Open Minds program. This program includes the Pink Palace Museum exhibits, AutoZone Dome Planetarium shows, Mallory-Neely historic house tours, Lichterman Nature Center Exploring Nature Your Way program and the museums Suitcase programs.
Photography by Jim Webber - Daily Memphian
A Letter to Artists
After much discussion and consideration the Friends of the Pink Palace have made the difficult decision to cancel the 2020 Pink Palace Crafts Fair. This decision, which was not made lightly, was based on the recommendation of local health officials due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.While we are disappointed that we need to cancel, the health and safety of our artists, vendors and patrons is our top priority.
Artists will be offered a full refund of their booth fee for the 2020 Pink Palace Crafts Fair or may apply the booth fee payment to the 2021 crafts fair. Juried artists who were confirmed with a booth rental payment will automatically be accepted for the 2021 Pink Palace Crafts Fair and will be exempt from the jury process in 2021. Please contact the Friends office at Friends [at] memphistn [dot] gov to let us know if you would like your booth fee refunded or applied to the 2021 Pink Palace Crafts Fair.
Thank you for being an integral part of the Pink Palace Crafts Fair. We will miss seeing you at the crafts fair this fall, but we are looking forward to a great crafts fair in 2021. Stay safe and healthy.
Chairman, Pink Palace Crafts Fair