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Pandemic Pressures Push A Kansas City Craft Fair Back To Where It All Began

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Katie Mabry van Dieren
The Strawberry Swing
Founded in 2011, The Strawberry Swing is called the Midwest's celebration of the handmade movement.

Smaller crowds mean a more intimate experience for vendors and customers, and the Alexander Majors Museum provides ample room for social distancing.

Under the conditions of the current pandemic, the Strawberry Swing indie craft fair is returning to the venue where it began 10 years ago.

Saturdays with The Strawberry Swing are scheduled from 10 a.m.-4 p.m., every Saturday until Oct. 24. The Aug. 29 fair will be at the Alexander Majors Barn, 8201 State Line Rd., Kansas City, Missouri 64114. For more information, visit TheStrawberrySwing.org.

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