What a Load of Craft returns for Mission Creek

What a Load of Craft
A past What a Load of Craft at the Johnson County Fairgrounds. — photo by Adrianne Behning

What a Load of Craft XI

Blue Moose Tap House — Saturday, April 4 from 12 – 6 p.m.

There was much lamenting, stitching and bitching this past December when it was announced that Iowa City’s homegrown indie/punk craft fair, What a Load of Craft (WALOC), wouldn’t take place. But this Saturday, WALOC returns, now for the first time as part of the 2015 Mission Creek Festival.

WALOC began in 2006 in the Hall Mall with only 10 handmade/DIY vendors and a handful of local bands. The craft fair received an overwhelmingly positive response, and over the years, the fair grew to more than 50 vendors, moved to a larger venue at the Johnson County Fairgrounds and attracted thousands of visitors, says Grace Locke-Ward, co-founder and organizer of the craft fair.

This year, WALOC returns to its more intimate roots: There will be 15 vendors, live music and the return of the fair to a downtown Iowa City venue. Visitors will also have the opportunity to get their picture taken at the photobooth and get crafty by making a colossal pom pom.

And, beginning at 5 p.m., the Craft Death Match, where attendees sign up to do absolutely insane craft projects on stage at the fair, will return. Projects this year include decorating a giant egg, painting a portrait of local band Lipstick Homicide and knitting using giant needles. The projects are judged, and the maker of the best project is awarded a series of gift cards and prize package from local Iowa City businesses.

What a Load of Craft is free and open to the public.


Kate Funk
White Rabbit
Luxe Debris
Neon Magic
Ramona Muse Lambert​
Derek Dean’s Macrame
PK Mine
Forever Broke
Too Bad Mice​
Kim Sun Designs
Lady Jamz
Wake Up Iowa City​
Willy’s Candle Emporium​
Maude Flanderz​


Derek Muse Lambert (1 p.m.)
Doug Nye (2:30 p.m.)
Annalibera solo (4 p.m.)
Lipstick Homicide (5 p.m.)

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