It certainly didn't come as surprise to those who have strolled amid the over 400 exhibitors during Mount Dora Craft Fair, but this year the event earned the ranking of the 4th best Classic and Contemporary Craft Show in the entire U.S. The prestigious ranking is done annually by Sunshine Artist magazine, an artists’ publication which focuses on all aspects of shows and events from sales and artist amenities to the quality of the art or crafts.
Rankings were determined by compiling ballots from professional artists or crafters who rated the festivals according to their own gross sales.
The sprawling event is put on throughout the streets of downtown by VisitMountDora and its army of volunteers. The festival is unique due to its mix of quality craft vendors, lively entertainment and quaint Central Florida locale surrounded by quaint shops, diverse restaurants and scenic Lake Dora. Organizers estimate the two-day event attracts 100,000 people to the city’s historic downtown.
This year the 35th annual Mount Dora Craft Fair will be October 26 and 27 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on both days. Visitors interested in staying overnight are encouraged to make their reservations early at any of the different types of accommodations available.
This is the second time in recent years a Mount Dora Festival has been ranked in the top ten. In 2017, Mount Dora Arts Festival ranked seventh in the Top Fine Art Shows in the U.S.
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