Ralston Arena hosted more than 500 artists and crafters from around the United States for Omaha’s annual Spring Festival last weekend.
The weekend consisted of three days of festivities for the whole family.
The Spring Festival, An Arts & Crafts Affair is voted in the Top 100 Classic & Contemporary Show List by Sunshine Artist Magazine.
Artists and crafters from more than 30 states came together to show off their talents and skills.
The Spring Festival is coordinated by Huffman Productions, a family-owned business that organizes and promotes craft shows throughout the Midwest.
Huffman productions was founded in 1983 when Jim and Donna Huffman hosted their inaugural Autumn Festival Arts & Crafts show in Omaha.
Since then, the family owned business continues with Jim and Donna’s three daughters managing the business.
The Huffmans’ eldest daughter, Jennifer Foland, said Huffman Productions has promoted and managed the Spring Festival for the past 37 years.
“Here at Ralston Arena, customers can shop hundreds of the nation’s top artists and crafters from nearly 30 states as they display and sell their handcrafted works,” said Foland. “Row after row is filled with unique home décor, garden art, jewelry, purses, body and bath, gourmet food and more.”
Each year brings new artists, as well as artists from years past. Alli Quady, a junior in the College of Arts and Sciences, said this was her first year attending the event.
“There was so much talent to be seen,” Quady said. “One weekend was not enough.”
Melissa Messina of MazzyCo Collars, a local Omaha artist and 1996 Creighton alumna, said she has participated in the Spring and Fall festivals for over nine years. She said the best part of the festival weekend is meeting new people and seeing her return customers.
“It’s wonderful to hear all about their pups and how much they’ve enjoyed their MazzyCo collars,” said Messina.
In addition to the Spring Festival, Huffman Productions also hosts an Autumn Festival. The festivals can be visited in Omaha, Sioux Falls, South Dakota, Shakopee, Minnesota, and Villa Park, Illinois.