Clear your calendar the weekend of September 12 and 13 to and make time to attend the 18th annual Lauderdale-By-The-Sea Craft Fair which brings crafters and artisans to the heart of our quaint seaside town.

Wanting to keep the annual Craft Fair going strong in its 18th year, the Lauderdale-By-The-Sea chapter of the Kiwanis Club has taken over organizing the annual event. It’s being held along A1A and Commercial Blvd. in the heart of the Town of LBTS. The show runs from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday.

The show has seen a few changes over the years, first being introduced by the organization Main Street, then run by The Town’s Chamber of Commerce and this year the Kiwanis Club took the reins.

“We made the step to formalize a workshop relationship once again bringing the Arts & Craft show back for the benefit of both residents and visitors,” said Jerry Sehl, president of the Town’s Kiwanis Chapter.

The weekend is expected to draw 95 vendors/businesses selling handmade goods, novelty crafts, paintings, wall hangings and various other unique items.

“The quality of merchants we’re working with this year is by far the best we’ve ever had. We want to ensure that these are one-of-a-kind items being sold, not items that are mass produced in China,” said Mr. Sehl.

Finding quality merchants has been a team effort and Sehl said it wouldn’t have been possible without the support of the Town staff, the Mayor and commissioners.

“This being our first show but the 18thin actuality, we are watching and listening to anyone locally that comes forward and are here to showcase them if their craft truly stands out,” he said.

The Kiwanis Club of LBTS itself will be promoting the history of the town in a variety of ways. “We will have some fundraising items on hand but will in no way be competitors to the shows’ vendors,” he said.