Treasures in the Ozarks artisans’ event in Hardy is back in 2021

Wednesday, July 14, 2021

The “Treasures in the Ozarks” (TITO) event will be revived this Fall at the Hardy Civic Center on Oct. 2 and 3 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday and 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Sunday. The committee organizing the event announces “TITO is back!” after two years since the 2020 event was cancelled due to COVID. The committee, a group of talented artisans themselves and headed by Tracie Moore, has been meeting at the local craft store on Main Street, Artasia, and is soliciting artists and vendors of all types of original crafts to apply for booth space. Moore said about TITO, “It’s done by artisans for artisans.”

This 2021 event will have the theme of “Holiday Extravaganza” with appropriate decorations and possibly holiday music in the background. Shoppers can come and purchase their holiday gifts of original hand-crafted items.

There will be concessions available, provided by the Holiday Café of the New Life Church in Ash Flat, and its proceeds will go toward their building fund. There will also be a brief church service held Sunday, Oct. 3, for the vendors before doors open to the public that day.

A raffle will also be held. Coupons for discounted prices at specific vendors’ booths will comprise some of the prizes.

Volunteers are needed as well to be greeters, clickers to track number of people attending and also to help as booth-sitters if vendors need to take a break.

So far, sponsors include Evolve Bank and Trust, Centennial Bank, FNBC and likely First Community Bank, as well as Spring River Chamber of Commerce. These organizations have either already contributed financially to the 2021 TITO event, or likely will based on their generous donations in past years.

Moore described the purpose for TITO is “to actually give a platform for various artisans…to come to Hardy [and display some of the best crafts from all over].” Vendors and shoppers alike come from outside the state, including Missouri, Tennessee, Oklahoma, Mississippi and Louisiana. Moore explained, “This has been one of the larger events in Hardy in recent years,” and brings in many out-of-town visitors to the area.

The booths can be rented for the event at $75 for a 10-by-10 foot booth, and $50 for an additional booth with a three-booth limit. Please text or phone Tracie Moore at 901-326-2092, for more information. Texting is her preferred method of contact. Information is also available on the Treasures in the Ozarks Facebook page.

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