Carving out their niche: Ray and Kay Williams came all the way from Ocklawaha, Fla., for this year's Riley Festival. Their booth offers an array of wood carvings geared toward cat, dog and fishing enthusiasts, among others. (Tom Russo/Daily Reporter)
Flights of fancy: Elvin Floyd, owner of The Butterfly Guys, traveled from Virginia to set up shop at the Riley Festival. His booth offers more than 500 different species of colorful butterflies carefully framed in glass. (Photo/Tom Russo/Daily Reporter)
GREENFIELD — Like little kids to the ducky derby, the state’s craft vendors flock to the Riley Festival. From every corner, crack, crevice and underpopulated berg, Hoosiers with wares to hawk line the streets to sell everything from pottery to pot holders.
Vendors, many of whom sign up each festival to participate in the next, arrive early and stay late to make the most of the four-day festival’s selling hours. But the trip home isn’t a short one for all.
Though the vast majority of the nearly 500 booth spaces are occupied by Indiana vendors, about two dozen out-of-state merchants are participating this year. For the furthest traveling, hailing from locales like Arizona, Florida and Virginia, the weekend is about having a good time and at least selling enough to make the drive worthwhile.
“As long as I make enough to make the trip, I’ll come up,” said Elvin Floyd, owner of The Butterfly Guys booth.