Going “off to the races” takes on new meaning this mid-November as Huffman Productions, Inc. brings the annual Autumn Festival, “ — An Arts and Crafts Affair,” back to Canterbury Park in Shakopee, MN on November 12th through the 15th. While the horses take a break from the racing season, with HPI comes over 500 artists and crafters from 30 different states for one of largest autumn festivals in the country.
Founded in 1983, Jim and Donna Huffman have organized over 250 festivals and shows in 12 major markets in the Midwest. A family owned and operated company, the Huffman's welcomed their own daughters, Jennifer, Summer and Nikki, into the business over the past decade, completing the family circle. Taking pride in only featuring handcrafted arts and crafts, HPI has gained the reputation and kudos as of one of the top organizations for arts and crafts festivals in the country, cited by Sunshine Artist Magazine in 2015 as one of the top 100 US festivals.
“The Canterbury Arts and Crafts Fest is one of the largest in the country,” commented Woodsy Wino founder and artisan, Jenn Finnell. “When we got word that we were accepted to be among the hundreds of crafters at the show, we were dancing on the ceiling!”
Featuring handcrafted wine charms and accessories, Woodsy Wino has taken the festival circuit by storm during 2014 and 2015, creating quite the stir with a unique and eclectic collection of wine related crafts. Finnell has recently received a provisional patent from the US Patent office for her one-of-a-kind design of stemmed and stemless wine glass charms.
“We simply built a better mouse trap,” offered Finnell with a grin. “The charms we saw on the market weren't what we wanted to create. Our goal was to create something different and frankly, better quality.”
Well received at 2015 festivals such as the Apple Festival in Bayfield, WI and the Pride Festival in the Twin Cities, to name only a few, Finnell has found that demand for her creations is beyond what she ever imagined. Originally a one woman force, Finnell has had to expand her Woodsy Wino staff to keep up with the online demand and custom orders.
“I always thought that we made the good stuff,” Finnell continued. “And now that we are getting orders hand over fist, we're being invited to festivals all over the upper Midwest and specialty boutiques are approaching us for inventory, I am convinced that we're on to something big.”
The simple use of magnets for attaching Woodsy Wino wine charms to the glass is the revolutionary idea spawning a change in the wine accessory industry. While the high quality of Woodsy Wino charms is apparent, the use of a magnet held a surprise even Finnell didn't anticipate.
“Very early on in our design, I gave a set of charms to one of my employees' elderly mother,” the crafter explained. “A wine lover for years, the woman was unable to use conventional charms because of arthritis in her hands. Because Woodsy Wino uses magnets in the design, she was able to easily attach and remove the charms without pain! I didn't see that one coming!”
Woodsy Wino will be among the 500+ artists and crafters represented at the 2015 Canterbury Park festival, “An Arts and Crafts Affair.” Ticket prices are $9 for adults, $8 for Seniors and children under 10 receive free admission. Advance tickets are available through the Huffman Productions, Inc website. Use promo code “afshow2015” to receive a $1 discount. Parking at Canterbury Park is free.
For advanced tickets, directions or more information on “An Arts and Crafts Affair” at Canterbury Park November 12 through 15, visit www.hpifestivals.com
To learn more about Woodsy Wino Wine Charms and Accessories, go to: www.woodsywino.com
**JD Arbuckle is a freelance journalist specializing in consumer education on a variety of topics including Spring and Fall Festivals, fine wines and wine charms and accessories.
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