CraftAlive to bring Bendigo showgrounds to life at the weekend


UP to 5000 people are expected to stream through the doors of the Prince of Wales Showgrounds for a three-day craft extravaganza.

CraftAlive organiser Rachael Karpman said the event, which started on Friday, was the biggest to be staged in Bendigo.

The craft fair and show has a 28-year history, and a presence in Victoria, New South Wales, Queensland and South Australia.  

Video by CraftAlive

The Bendigo event is the biggest of the 18 shows, Ms Karpman said. 

She said the people the event attracted had changed throughout the years.

“We get the whole family coming,” Ms Karpman said. 

Embroidery had made “a big comeback”, and people were showing interest in cake decorating and painting lessons. 

About 50 classes will be offered each day in Bendigo.

“It’s the most classes we’ve had anywhere,” Ms Karpman said. 

“We’re doing a production line to make quilts for children with cancer.” 

The Quilts of Hope initiative will contribute quilts to the Challenge charity.

CraftAlive comes the weekend after World Wide Knit in Public Day, which was this year celebrated in 54 countries.

Ticketing information is available from the event website: