Redbud festival postpones 40th anniversary

What was supposed to be the 40th anniversary of a Mother’s Day tradition will now be a year of planning for the Redbud Arts and Crafts Festival in Three Rivers.

Chris Schlossin, chair of the Redbud Festival Committee, said after much discussion and serious consideration, the Three Rivers Arts Alliance has decided to place the festival on a temporary hiatus for 2013.

“This decision was precipitated by the loss of several board members over the last six months, resulting in a significant challenge for producing the festival,” Schlossin wrote on the Arts Alliance website. “As we deliberated many scenarios for the future of this event, we realized that now is an opportune time to make some changes and open to new possibilities.”

In order to rejuvenate the festival and invigorate it for its 40th anniversary next year, the Board of Directors hopes to secure more input and participation to create a new robust Redbud Festival Committee. During a meeting on Nov. 10, the festival committee began circulating a “Redbud Survey” to get input on making the 40th celebration worthy of the milestone. The survey is still available at

The annual Redbud Arts and Crafts Festival in Three Rivers is held every Mother’s Day Weekend. It was started in 1974 by members of the Redbud Garden Club (founded in 1951) and residents of the town who were members of the local golf club. After the first Redbud Festival, a short article appeared in the local newspaper quoting one of the founders who said they hoped it would become an annual event.

The festival features local artists, musicians and food, with around 60 booths. All exhibited arts and crafts must be original and all items must be handcrafted by the exhibitor. A wide range of art is shown, including hand-thrown pottery as well as clay sculpture, handcrafted jewelry, handwoven shawls, scarves, and placemats made from old blue jeans, local photography, oil painting, locally made organic skin care products, an exquisite selection of gourd art, a children’s art exhibit, lathe-turned bowls, a huge plant sale from the Redbud Garden Club, handwoven baskets, and handmade paper.

The festival is held at the Lions Roping Arena in Three Rivers, California, surrounded by the beautiful Sierra Nevada Foothills along the North Fork of the Kaweah River. If you would like to be vital contributor to the 2014 Redbud Festival Committee, please email Chris Schlossin at or call 559-561-4453.

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