According to the city website, Hudsonville is affectionately referred to as "Michigan's Salad Bowl" due to the bevy of crops grown in the town's early days. Farming aside, this small Michigan town hosts its share of craft shows. Highlighting homemade crafts, holiday decorations and local artists, the craft fairs around Hudsonville are not to be overlooked.
Septemberfest is an annual festival held on the Hudsonville Fairgrounds. Hosted by Hudsonville Christian School, Septemberfest features three large barns and an outdoor area full of vendors. More than 150 vendors sell handcrafted items, and lunch is available from the Hudsonville Christian food booth. Admission as of 2011 is $1 for adults and free for children younger than age 12.
Art in the Park
Art in the Park, an art exhibit and craft show sponsored by the town of Hudsonville, features hands-on activities for children and a chance to talk to local community artists. Vendors sell homemade crafts and artwork as well. Admission is free. The cost to rent a vendor booth is $50, as of June 2011. The festival is held annually in June.
Evergreen Ministries Fall Craft Show
Evergreen Ministries hosts an annual fall craft show in Hudsonville at Evergreen Ministry Church on 48th Avenue. Craft items are Christmas-themed and handmade by community members. Several booths donate all of their proceeds to the church or other charitable organizations. As of 2010, the festival charged a $20 fee to crafters for a 10-by-10 foot booth.
Hudsonville Lions Club Holiday Craft Show
The Hudsonville Lions Club hosts a Holiday Craft Show each November on the Hudsonville High School premises on 32nd Avenue Southwest. Items for sale include handmade Christmas decorations, cookies and crafts that can be used for gift-giving.