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Get Your Craft On

Local artisans are among the exhibitors at this weekend's Harvest Festival.

Alacarte jewelry browsing.

An eclectic array of more than 24,000 unique gifts and handmade arts and crafts will be featured at the annual Harvest Festival in Pleasanton, September 16–18. It is the largest indoor arts and crafts show on the West Coast, but attendees will find more than just shopping at the weekend-long event. This year, there will be new local artisans, entertainment acts, hands-on activities, and prizes.

Artists from around the country will be featured in the series of shows, but hundreds of local artists will be showcasing and selling their works as well. The whimsical jewelry of award-winning Danville artist Morgan Fischerglass will be exhibited, as well as the creative works of glass-blower Brian Goldenberg, owner of the Oakland-based Slow Bum Glass.

“I hope people come out and support these local artists,” said Liz Stigge-Rosinski, the senior account executive of the Larose Group. “The economy is rough for some people and it’s nice being able to see them create art and make a living out of what they love to do.”Ferns Kandle Kuff

Livermore resident Lena Chin-Hash, proprietor of The Coconut Hut, will also be there sampling some of her finest bath and body products. Meanwhile, Concord residents Yeta and Stan Hurwitz will be whipping up some tasty dips and flavorful soups with their rare, exotic spices and seasonings.

A “Shop and Crop” scrapbooking feature will be the new interactive element of this year’s show, where scrapbook fans can purchase their own table space and spend the day creating a new scrapbook or finishing one in the works.

“There are many people who are scrapbooking fans, and it should provide a lively atmosphere where people can socialize with friends and have a lot of fun,” said Stigge-Rosinski.

The Harvest Festival has even revamped its entertainment line-up and will feature new acts including Bad Catz, a Sacramento-based band that plays a variety of rock and R&B. Also playing will be the Fargo Brothers, Pictures Galorewho have been featured in over 3,000 shows across the country. These seasoned pros will be playing a unique brand of roots rock and roll at the event. There will also be a kid’s zone and strolling entertainers, including a cowboy on stilts, mimes, and comedic jugglers.

The charity of this year’s festival is the Liberty High cheer squad of Brentwood. The non-profit youth cheer program will receive a portion of the proceeds from shopping bag sales and all of the proceeds from the parcel and coat check. To further help the community, the Harvest Festival is offering $2 off admission coupons to people who bring a non-perishable food donation to benefit the Alameda County Community Food Bank.

Pleasanton Harvest Festival, Alameda County Fairgrounds, Pleasanton, September 16-18, Friday and Saturday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., Sunday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., $9 for adults, $7 for seniors (62+), $4 for youth (13-17), free for children under 12 (tickets valid for all three days), (800) 346-1212, harvestfestival.com.