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Popular Dayton-area festival won’t be held this year

Crafty folks in the Dayton-area will need something to keep their hands extra busy this fall.

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Yellow Springs’ annual handmade festival in September, Cyclops Fest, is taking a gap year to regroup and take a breather, event organizer DJ Galvin told this news organization. 

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Jewelry for sale at the 2012 Cyclops Fest in Yellow Springs. A crowd of about 8,000 enthusiasts of handmade items and DIY culture is expected to turn out for the third annual Cyclops Fest, returning to John Bryan Center in Yellow Springs on Saturday, Sept. 14. CONTRIBUTED (HANDOUT)

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The event is consistently successful and highly anticipated, attracting around 8,000 people each year. Typically, around 90 vendors bring their “handmade awesomeness” to share. 

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Owners of Urban Handmade, a downtown Yellow Springs business that strives to “give you a one-of-a-kind shopping experience that will liberate you from the mall mentality,” are the passionate people behind the festival. 

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“Early on, we sent out an email to our existing members (vendors & patrons), letting them know that there won’t be a fest this year,” Galvin said. “The response has been supportive.”

However, Cyclops fans will only need to sit out this one year. According to Galvin, plans for the 2018 Fest are already under way. 

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