The campaign to shop locally has taken hold across the country. Perhaps it's accentuated by the pandemic and supply chain issues. Still, my theory is more rooted in the idea that people seek more authentic connections in life and commerce.

Connecting personally with the makers of the goods we purchase and use is essential for the human experience. There's something special about knowing where an item came from, how it was produced, by whom, and its inspiration genesis.

With over 100 makers from the Tri-States selling their wares and creations, the SheShed Fest this Sunday at the Dubuque County Fairgrounds embodies the theory. Or, at a minimum, it'll be an excellent opportunity to test it.

The third annual SheShed Fest will showcase makers and bakers of all things you know you want but haven't thought of yet. Vendors include area wineries, specialty foods, artists, crafts, repurposed furniture, antiques, jewelry, leather and metal goods, and other original wares.

The fee to get in the door is just two bucks. That will give you direct access to a plethora of vendors happy to share their inspiring tales of creative entrepreneurship in the true spirit of the cottage industry practice.

The SheShed Fest happens Sunday from 10 am to 3 pm at the Dubuque County Fairgrounds. Come early and enjoy the day shopping. There will also be great food and bar service to make a good day of it.

With Mother's Day in two weeks, the SheShed Fest may be the perfect place to find that one-of-a-kind gift to be prized by mom.

 

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