What a Load of Craft (WALOC) came onto the scene as Iowa City’s first indie craft fair 10 years ago. In the years since, it has grown from a small event at Gabe’s to a mega-fair taking up a massive hall at the Johnson County Fairgrounds.
Sadly, on Aug. 16, WALOC officials announced their plans to discontinue the event in its current form.
“After much careful consideration we have decided to discontinue WALOC in its current incarnation. We have had a blast seeing it grow exponentially over the years, but we are ready to get back to our roots with a smaller event, craft death match and live music,” wrote WALOC officials in an email to supporters.
One of the event organizers, Grace Locke Ward, said WALOC will be partnering with Mission Creek for their next event, though details are still in flux. This is big news indeed, given Mission Creek’s stature as another Iowa City art scene powerhouse. WALOC 11 will be held in a smaller venue downtown in the Spring of 2015, Locke Ward says.
In the interest of full disclosure, I’ve been a vendor at WALOC, a devoted shopper and a quasi-official photographer for the last few years. Additionally, Little Village has proudly been a WALOC sponsor since its inception.
If you’re interested in seeing scenes from past WALOCs, check out their flickr stream here, and stay tuned for more details on the WALOC/Mission Creek collaboration.