History

The Missoula MADE fair started in December 2007 after two lovely ladies saw a need for a more alternative arts & crafts market in Missoula, MT. Angie Oakins (Elements Jewelry) and Carol Lynn Lapotka (REcreate designs), the original founders, began planning and advertising the first ever MADE fair that was held in the Loft above the Higgins Alley Restaurant with only 18 artists. It was well received and the future of the MADE fair’s growth was in sight. We have since added a summer show with over 100 artists and the holiday show is now over 150 amazing and talented local & regional artists.

The current planning team of all this amazingness is Carol Lynn Lapotka (REcreate designs), Courtney Blazon Illustrations, and Sara Kauk (Design Missoula). We are always trying to improve upon what we have already accomplished and continue to grow in new directions as well.

A little timeline

2007
holiday MADE fair
18 artists | Higgins Alley Restaurant | December 16, 2007 * 1st holiday show!

2008
Holiday MADE fair
29 artists | Stensrud Building | December 14 2008

2009
Summer MADE fair
50 artists | Caras Park | June 14, 2009 * 1st summer show!

Holiday MADE fair
60 artists | ZACC building & Stensrud | December 13, 2009

2010
Summer MADE fair
65 artists | Caras Park | June 27, 2010

Holiday MADE fair
65 artists | Elks Lodge | December 12, 2010

2011
Summer MADE fair
75 artists | Caras Park | June 26, 2011

Holiday MADE fair
100 artists | Holiday Inn | December 11, 2011

2012
Summer MADE fair
100 artists | Caras Park | June 24, 2012

Holiday MADE fair
120 artists | Holiday Inn | December 9, 2012

2013
Summer MADE fair
108 artists | Caras Park | June 30, 2013

Holiday MADE fair
150 artists | Adams Center | December 8, 2013

2014
Summer MADE fair
108 artists | Caras Park | June 30, 2014

Holiday MADE fair
189 artists & non-profits | Adams Center | December 12, 2014

2015
Summer MADE fair
114 artists & non-profits | Caras Park | June 28, 2015

Holiday MADE fair
197 artists & non-profits | Adams Center | December 13, 2015

2016
Summer MADE fair
115 artists & non-profits | Caras Park | June 26, 2016

Holiday MADE fair
Adams Center | December 9, 2016