51st Annual Calico Fort Arts and Crafts Fair
April 15,16, 2023

Our Exhibitors


Exhibitors from all over


Calico Fort began as a dream by a group of local citizens who desired to promote our small town, to create an interest which would draw visitors, and develop an outstanding Arts and Crafts festival. A number of possible themes were considered but, considering our historical background, Calico Fort was selected.

A life long resident of Fort Deposit wrote the poem Calico Capers in anticipation of its success.

One of the local citizens volunteered the use of a pine thicket on her property for the show. And the work began, everyone was invited to help clear the brier bushes, the kudzu vines, limbs, pine cones and debris. A fence, reminiscent of an old fort and an Indian teepee were constructed, along with an assortment of rustic buildings to be used for the food concessions and even some exhibitors.

155 exhibitors accepted our invitation to be part of the first Calico Fort on April 8 and 9, 1972. The Bill Board, on the left, depicts the advertisement which was displayed that year. This sign, near the I-65 Exit, is updated each fall in an effort to help our visitors plan for the next event.

An estimated 5000 visitors responded that first year with enthusiasm to the invitation to enjoy an old time country fair complete with demonstrations and illustrations to amuse visitors, whether a toddler, teen or old time fair lover.
The first show included a variety of arts, handmade crafts and antiques. Demonstrations delighting the fair-goers included a glass blower and a weaver who operated her loom. Ceramics, candles and jewelry were made on the spot and portraits were sketched for those who were just a little patient.
155 exhibitors accepted our invitation to be a part of our first Calico Fort in 1972 and the list continues to grow.

If you are interested in becoming an exhibitor at Calico Fort, please go to our Exhibitor Information page for an application.

2023 Exhibitor Listing

. Last Name First Name City State Craft Web Site .
. Andrews Maryann Red Level AL Woodworking, Scroll Saw Art, Kitchen Utensils, Signs, Home Decor, etc .
. Anthony Voncile Montgomery AL Clothing and Accessories for Children .
. Barfoot Gaye Billingsley AL Metal Home Decor .
. Bean Nancy Selma AL Aprons, Wall Hangings, Reclaimed Wood Art, Appliance Covers, Pot Holders, Placemats .
. Black Wayne Hope Hull AL Woodwork .
. Black Leigh Hope Hull AL Handmade Bath & Body Products .
. Bowdoin Kathy Montgomery AL Handcrafted Magnetic Jewelry .
. Britt Alma Trenton GA Leather Goods .
. Burgener Dale & Patti Montgomery AL Wood Crafts, Wood Signs, Glass on Canvas .
. Cardwell Dick Elba AL Wooden Flags .
. Carr Jessica Headland AL Wall Art, Wood Ornaments .
. Cole Brenda Greenville AL Smoked and Infused Seasalts and Homemade Extracts .
. Coleman Mark Greenville AL Wooden Puzzles and Wooden Flags .
. Crawford Norris Greensboro AL Leather .
. Croley Mary Greenville AL Original Paintings .
. Davis Beverley Prattville AL Repurposed Jewelry, Embroidered Items, Snap Jewelry, Baby Quilts .
. Dennis Skeet Coosada AL Beauty Supply - All Natural Beeswax Lotion, Soaps, etc .
. Duran Richard Trussville AL BBQ Seasoning, Sauces, Jerky .
. Floyd Becky Vinemont AL Vintage Little Girl Dresses, Cowhide Furniture .
. Gamble Tommy Letohatchee AL Wooden Bowls .
. Garner Joannie Montgomery AL Published Book - "Wild Joy" .
. Jagel Geraldine Hartford AL Pet Bandanas, Poop Bags, Pillows, Placemats, Beds, Coats .
. Langley Clint Opelika AL Handmade Knives .
. Lawrence Will Montgomery AL Sublimated Tumblers, Errings, Magnets, Keychains, Ornaments .
. Lay Roger Bessemer AL Paracord Bracelets, Necklaces, Key Chains, Collars, Leashes, Reins .
. Lightsey Joseph Marion Junction AL Woodwork, Bird Houses and Feeders, Music Boxes .
. Little Sonny Greenville AL Air Jumps .
. Lowery Mildred Delpi LA Weaving .
. Masoner Shirley Troy AL Leaners, Door Hangers, Framed Art, Door Tags .
. Maury Karen Cleveland AL Engraving on Sterling Silver Jewelry .
. Miles Sandra Montgomery AL Handmade Chenille and Antiqjue Clotning and Toys .
. Nata Jodie Ramer AL Pet Treats Made From Farm Raised Hens .
. Norris Rebecca Sweetwater AL Wooden Door Hangers, Lanterns, Toys etc; Embroidered Baby Items .
. Patterson Chris Gadsden AL Handcrafted Pottery, Jewelry .
. Pearson C L Pine Hill AL Woodcraft .
. Proveaux Juanita Greenville AL Aprons, Bibs, Towels, Pillows, Dresses .
. Richardson John Tuskegee AL Custom Carved Signs, Bird Houses, Hand Painted Signs .
. Robinson Betty Randoph MS Miscellaneous Sewing .
. Slagle Heather Montgomery AL Tea Towels, Candy Cones, Candles, Bracelets, Plants, etc .
. Smith Dennise Dozier AL Multi Media, Artwork, Canvas .
. Smith Tim Pensacola FL Homemade Dip, Dessert Mixes, Grilling Rubs, Pepper Jelly, etc .
. Smith Jeffery Alexander City AL Cutting Boards, Wood Utensils .
. Snellgrove Brad Prattville AL Bird Hoses and Painted Glass .
. Sprayberry Tiffany Ashland AL Cheese Straws .
. Stroud Karen Auburn AL Handjmade Infant & Toddler Clothing, Heirloom, Applique, Monogram .
. Taylor William Forest Home AL Pecan Products, Hand Forged Copper Jewelry .
. Thompson David Danville AL Metal Work, Rust Cut-outs .
. VanPelt Adana & Samantha Gulf Breeze FL 100% Natural Body Mist, Lotion, Soap, etc .
. Waldrop Jim Clanton AL Jewelry .
. Weaver Randy Montgomery AL Leather Works - Special new Items added this year .
. Wilson Antionette Maplesville AL Kettle Corn .
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