Village Venture Arts and Crafts Festival hits the streets

Claremont resident Vanessa Torrez tries to elicit a smile out of her nine-month-old daughter Juliet on Saturday during the annual Village Venture in Claremont. Courier photo/Steven Felschundneff

Following months of planning, the Village Venture Arts & Crafts Festival came to town on Saturday, drawing a large crowd of Claremont residents and visitors. The fun began, as usual, with the children’s costume parade at 9:30 a.m. and continued with good food and shopping the many artisan booths. The event also included booths promoting local charities, a health clinic at Hendricks Pharmacy, music at Shelton Park, a welcoming ceremony at the Chamber of Commerce, and entertainment at the Claremont Depot.


As the Village Venture Parade winds down on Saturday the streets of Claremont are still filled with costumed adults and children. Courier photo/Steven Felschundneff


Eysha Hurley practices a flag routine as she prepares for the beginning of the parade on Saturday during Village Venture Arts & Crafts Festival in Claremont. Courier photo/Steven Felschundneff


Inland Valley Humane Society project coordinator Monico Fielder pets her blind shih tzu while manning the animal shelter’s booth on Saturday during Village Venture. Courier photo/Steven Felschundneff


Emily Moultrie waits for the next customer at her Forged Felt Designs booth on Bonita Avenue on Saturday during the 2023 Village Venture Arts & Crafts Festival. The annual event was well attended and had wonderful weather with mostly clear skies and temperatures in the 70s. Courier photo/Steven Felschundneff


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