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We’re going to Lakeland this weekend! Our debut show, the Lakeland Craft Festival, is almost here, and we want this to be one of the most successful shows we’ve had, ever. What can you do to help? Spread the word, of course! We have our online communities to help us do that, sure, but those online communities can’t function without you – YOU guys are the life force of our social media, and a huge part of what makes our shows a hit. This weekend, we invite you to tell your friends on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram about our debut in Lakeland, and spread the word about ACE events throughout the year. We are so thankful for your support – believe us, we couldn’t do shows like this without you.

So, where exactly are we going this weekend? Saturday and Sunday from 10 am – 5 pm, we will be at the Lakeside Village, a gorgeous outdoor shopping, dining and entertainment complex in the upscale Grasslands area of Lakeland. ACE prides itself in bringing you only the best shows with the most exciting crafters and artisans in the entire country, and we only bring you the finest talent the craft world has to offer, so it made sense to choose a beautiful area that was as open and accessible as it was representative of the spirit of all American Craft Endeavors events. For our patrons, the Lakeland Craft Festival will give them a chance to meet some exciting new and established crafters while picking up unique pieces of work. For our crafters, it’s a great chance for exposure while they enjoy the camaraderie of other artists and, let’s face it, the thrill and excitement of seeing their work admired in a fun, relaxing environment.

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This weekend, at the Lakeland Craft Festival, patrons and their families can experience spring through the eyes of great crafters who put their time and energy into creating beautiful pieces of art, whether it’s functional pottery for kitchen use or gorgeous apparel made from hand-woven textiles. You can even find art, photography and sculpture – anything and everything an art lover would want or need. Admission to the Lakeland Craft Festival is free and open to the public, all ages are welcome and all crafters will be on site, so you’ll get to talk to the geniuses behind the awesome works.

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If you’re a participating crafter at the Lakeland Craft Festival, we have a special treat for you this weekend and we’d love for you to participate! Every once in a while, ACE likes to hold pot luck dinners during a show weekend. This enables us to give participating crafters some time to mingle, socialize and relax as we celebrate our mutual love of crafting.  This Saturday and Sunday, we will enjoy the company and good time;  ACE orders some pizzas and all participating crafters are encouraged to bring their favorite side dishes to share with the group.We hope you can make it and join us for some food and fun.

At American Craft Endeavors, we are pumped about this year’s craft shows. We have so many great events coming up, and we want you to be a part of them, but we also want you to be informed and let others know about the shows. How do you get started? Follow American Craft Endeavors on Facebook and Twitter (@CraftFestivals) and, of course, be a part of our ACE Instagram Street Team! Just attend the Lakeland Craft Festival this weekend, take some pics and post them on Instagram with the hashtag #LakelandCraftFestival in the caption. We hope to see you there!

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