TARPON SPRINGS — With the region’s busy season still about a month away, the Tarpon Springs Merchants Association will try to attract holiday crowds to the Sponge Docks with another special event.
The Sponge Docks Arts and Crafts Show, a quarterly occurrence, comes to the city’s waterfront venue for three days each Labor Day weekend.
Taking advantage of the holiday, the event goes from Saturday to Monday. Over 70 artists and vendors are expected this year, according to local businesswoman and City Commissioner Rea Sieber, former president of the Tarpon Springs Merchants Association.
“It’s a pretty big show and it’s great for the merchants at the docks,” Sieber said. “Two weekends ago was great with Hippie Fest because it was good for the merchants as well as locals and visitors who came out.”
A goal of every event the merchants association operates is boost local business by attracting crowds to the area. “I had a lot of people say they did great last weekend,” Sieber said, referring to the 2014 Hippie Fest celebration.
Vendors and display booths will be set up along Dodecanese Boulevard from Athens Street to Roosevelt Boulevard from 10 a.m. until 5 p.m. all three days.
The arts and crafts show will be the second of three events at the Sponge Docks in a four-week span.
Weather permitting, next Saturday is scheduled for Night in the Islands, a periodic event that combines outdoor dining with music and dancing.