Les Artisans Arts & Crafts Fair
July 4 @ 9:00 am - 3:00 pm
Location: Kankakee County Fairgrounds Expo Center, 213 W 4000S Road, Kankakee, Illinois.
Fair hours are 9am to 3pm. Vendors may set-up the afternoon before shows from 3-5pm.
The Les Artisans Arts and Crafts Fair focus on handmade items; it is not a flea market or resale venue. The items sold must be the handiwork of the artist or crafter or grown by the farmer. We will rent a very limited number of booths (not more than 10 per show) to retail home-based businesses on a first-come, first served basis; only one vendor per business.
The Les Artisans Arts and Crafts Fair
- raises funds to maintain the BGHS George R. Letourneau Museum and Adrien Richard Heritage Preserve
- provides local and regional artists and fine crafters a biannual event where they can showcase and sell their work
- promotes fine crafting and artistry
- creates and hosts a unique shopping experience that spotlights unique, hand-crafted, home-grown, one-of-a-kind items in a pleasant, seasonal atmosphere
The Les Artisans Arts and Crafts Fair began in the late seventies as a spin-off of a popular arts and crafts booth at Maternity BVM Church, hosted by the ladies of the St. Anne Sodality, at their annual card party. Several of those ladies started Les Artisans as a fundraiser for the newly-formed Bourbonnais Grove Historical Society. The show ran many years at Maternity BVM, then several more years at Bradley-Bourbonnais Community High School.
In 2011, the 4th of July Jubilee merged with the Les Artisans Arts and Crafts Fair. This show had originated as a fundraiser for the Athletic Foundation at Kankakee Community College and flourished under the director and long-time organizer, Pam Ash. After Pam’s retirement, the fairs hit a rough patch, followed by a decline in attendance and vendors. The goal of the new coordinator is to build these two greatly-missed events into great shows once again.