The Professional Artisans Co-op is sponsoring the Clear Creek Art and Craft Festival in Clear Creek Park from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, July 13 and 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday, July 14. Proceeds from the food booth hosted by the Clear Creek Firefighter’s Association will be used to restore the firehouse siren to create an early warning system. Photo by Susan Cort Johnson

Clear Creek Art, Craft Festival nears

The Clear Creek Art and Craft Festival is scheduled for Saturday, July 13 and Sunday, July 14 at Clear Creek Park off State Route 147. It is organized by the Professional Artisans Co-op, a nonprofit group with 200 members. Currently the organization hosts seven art and craft shows in Northern California that feature handcrafted items from a selection of local and regional artisans.

Part of the group’s mission is “to engage the communities in which the shows are held in ways that will benefit them and their residents.” This summer the focus in Clear Creek is to help the fire department restore the emergency siren.

The weekend of the craft fair the Clear Creek Firefighter’s Association will operate a food booth to raise funds. The menu is hamburgers, cheeseburgers, all-beef hot dogs, Bahama Mama Sausages, barbecue beef, chili, vegan chili, nachos, sliced watermelon, lemonade, tea and soda. Both Saturday and Sunday morning members of the association will serve a pancake breakfast beginning at 7 a.m. with sausage, juice, milk or coffee.

In addition they will raise money for the siren with a 50/50 drawing. Tickets for the drawing can be purchased in advance at the Clear Creek Community Services District office located at 462-895 Clear Creek Drive.

To date, $3,700 has been raised for the siren restoration project and cost estimates are around $12,000. The work will include the reconstruction of the wooden structure for the siren, addressing any electrical issues for the operation of the siren and testing to determine if repairs are needed.

The siren, located next to the fire station, will alert residents of the need for an emergency evacuation. Many mountain communities see the value for such an early warning system with the threat of wildfires. Once the siren is installed there will be a public education campaign on the warning system after all the details have been worked out.

The Clear Creek Art and Craft Festival is from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, July 13 and 9a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday, July 14. There will be live entertainment all weekend with Rickety Bridge playing on Sunday.