Diamondhead arts show features unusual gifts and goodies
Experience one of the best local fairs on the Mississippi Gulf Coast
in September. The 30th annual Diamondhead Arts & Crafts Show will
be held the Diamondhead Country Club Sept. 20-21.
Sample and shop wares of some 150 vendors, enjoy live music and
fun activities for the children and watch artisans spinning their magic
during demonstrations. Be sure to ride the mini train around the entire
fair. Show times are 9:30 a.m. – 5 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 20, and 10
a.m. – 4 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 21.
Diamondhead is located west of Gulfport/Biloxi off of I-10, exit 16.
While visiting the show, take a drive through the interesting
Diamondhead community. The small city was named after Diamond
Head, Hawaii. This Hawaiian influence is applied throughout
Diamondhead. Most of the roads are named with Hawaiian names;
the various community centers and private homes have a Hawaiian
look, including prominent Kona/Tahitian rooflines. Diamondhead
originally was designed by the developers in the 1970s to appeal to
an older demographic looking for a place to retire near from New
Orleans, Gulfport and Biloxi. Over time it has slowly changed from a
retirement community and now attracts all ages. Many work at nearby
DuPont and Stennis Space Center.
Parking for the show is easy; just take the Diamondhead shopping
center off exit 16 and ride a shuttle to the fair. Food will be available
both outside and inside the country club.
"The booths are set up under the beautiful giant oak trees and the
atmosphere is so homey and pretty,” says Pat Sheehy, event
spokeswoman. "We do everything in a circle so it makes it easier to
see all the booths — very different from most fairs. Also, everything
has to be at least 50 percent homemade or designed so it is not like a
flea market. The items are very unusual and different. Very upscale.”
The event provides funding for Diamondhead Continuing Education,
a nonprofit organization that provides opportunities to a variety of disciplines such
as computer education, arts and crafts instruction, and dance/exercise classes.