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Autumn Craft & Treasure Market Turns 50!

Craft Fair Begins October 29 at SHS

In 1972, milk and gasoline were less than $1 a gallon, Americans began hearing about something called Watergate, Marlon Brando made an offer that couldn’t be refused, Mikey discovered he likes Life, and one of the best craft fairs in the Midwest was born.


That craft fair became formally known as the Sycamore Autumn Craft & Treasure Market, and for half a century, it has provided …

  • area residents thousands of unique gifts ideas just in time for the holidays

  • an excellent addition to the Sycamore Pumpkin Festival

  • a great way to support small, local businesses

  • a wonderful sense of community because the entire event supports Sycamore music programs.


The second half-century of the Autumn Craft & Treasure Market (ACTM) begins soon. It runs 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Sat., Oct. 29, and 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Sun., Oct. 30 at the Sycamore High School Field House, 427 Spartan Trail. Admission is $2 for adults and $1 for students and seniors. Children under 5 are free (same prices as 2021). Proceeds benefit the Sycamore Music Boosters.

The Sycamore Music Boosters, host of the ACTM, will comply with all local, state and national health guidelines regarding large public gatherings in indoor spaces.


Vendor applications are available online at Jenelle Robers, Boosters president and vendor chair, said even though the registration deadline has passed, the Boosters will accept vendor applications up to 115 booths.

“We’re thrilled that our craft fair has grown and prospered for 50 years,” Robers said. “It’s just wonderful being part of an event an entire region looks forward to each year, and we hope 2022 is our best year yet.”


Situated during lovely Illinois autumn, just before the holidays and along with the Sycamore Pumpkin Festival, the market draws about 6,000 shoppers to more than 100 booths in an indoor, climate-controlled facility. Craft fair vendors offer thousands of unique and eclectic items ranging from textiles to jewelry, to art to home decorations, to foods and spices, to pet paraphernalia.


Vendors enjoy free setup help from student volunteers, and shoppers enjoy free, on-site parking at SHS. Thanks to golf carts supplied by the Sycamore Park District, shoppers can get free rides to/from vehicles. The ACTM will also offer a variety of foods, beverages and desserts.

Volunteers Needed

We can't do it without you. There are many opportunities for music students and parents to volunteer and help us make this a successful event.  

Please use this link to access adult volunteer sign-up

This link will take you to the student signup

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