Arts & Entertainment:Puget Sound Bead Festival returns for 17th year

The Puget Sound Bead Festival happens July 13-15 at the Greater Tacoma Convention Center & Trade Center, 1500 Broadway. This event hosts more than 80 vendors and artisan tables that will be featuring specialty beads and supplies from all over the country and the world. Now in its 17th year, organizers are expecting more than 5,000 in attendance, as PSBF is the largest bead show on the West Coast.

The Puget Sound Bead Festival (PSBF) began in 1995 and is owned and operated by Viki and Mark Lareau of The Bead Factory in Tacoma. PSBF attendees are almost 99 percent women, mostly professional, well educated with an annual household income above $70,000. Beading is their therapy; it is what these ladies do for relaxation, as well as a creative outlet. These women are fashion driven and crave a higher quality material than what can be found at a chain craft store.

PSBF is based on the concept of a trade show with a taste of high fashion. The purpose of the show is to bring the best national bead merchants and class instructors to the Pacific Northwest. Each year the show thrives to increase the quality by adding features and services to enhance the experience.

Regardless of how the show grows, the Lareaus’ philosophy remains the same: to deliver a bead show unlike any other, with the highest quality vendors and show service for the attendees, vendors and instructors. No matter how one is involved with the show, you are treated like family and encouraged and inspired to create a creative and fun atmosphere.

Show hours are Friday and Saturday 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Sunday from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Admission to the event is $6 and is good for all three days.

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