Aspasians Spring Fair Saturday in new location

Blair Bates and Courtney Stroot show off fashionable finds.

ROCKWALL, TX (April 21, 2014) A Rockwall tradition for nearly 40 years, the bi-annual Aspasians Arts Fair on the Square will set up in a new location this Saturday.

From 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. April 26, nearly 200 vendors will showcase their wares in the parking lot at Wilkerson Sanders Stadium and Utley Middle School, offering everything from trendy apparel and jewelry to home décor and vintage items. The move is necessary to make way for downtown renovations, which will include additional parking, lighting, sidewalks, landscaping, a pedestrian mall and courthouse plaza.

Jayme Reynolds, Kim Nielsen and Neely Holland don the Aspasians’ trademark aprons.

“Obviously we’d love the show to be on the Square, but we also know that the improvements are essential to the future of Downtown Rockwall. We chose the Stadium for our temporary location because of its available space, parking and accessibility to our patrons. Indoor restrooms are conveniently located, and there’s plenty of space for the crowd we’re expecting,” said Neely Holland, Aspasians president-elect. “It’s also special for us to be on Rockwall ISD property, because the Art Show is about giving back to the district.”

Each year, the Aspasians award more than $45,000 in scholarships to local graduating seniors. All of the money is raised through booth rentals at the Spring and Fall Art Fairs.

“Our loyal shoppers and supporters make it possible for us to give back to the community year after year. As our community grows, so does our Art Fair. This means we can help even more RISD students achieve their dream of attending college,” said Jenni Knox, past president.

Charisa Low, Lily Low, Jenna Kirby and Luke Low take a refreshing break at a previous Aspasians Art Fair.

The Aspasians also participate in several philanthropic projects, benefiting organizations like the Rainbow Room, Helping Hands and the Rockwall Animal Adoption Center.

“We’re embracing Rockwall County’s record-setting growth,” added Knox. “We’re excited – and our vendors are excited – about temporarily hosting this hometown event at the Stadium. We look forward to introducing all of our new residents to the first-class shopping, food and family fun that the Art Fair has become famous for.”

For vendor applications, visit or call 214-712-0212.

By Dawn Redig, Blue Ribbon News, all rights reserved. Photos by Jenni Knox.

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