Craig Lloyd is like a blur on his golf cart, trying to be in multiple places at the same time.
“It’s controlled chaos today,” he said, as he led a craft vendor to a numbered, vacant spot in the grass. Lloyd directed the vendor on how to set up and then points a van to another vacant space. “Don’t stop or you’ll get stuck. Just keep going until you get to your spot.”
Torrential rains from the previous night slowed initial setup, but the clouds shifted and and by noon heat and humidity were setting up shop at the Barn at Lloyd’s Dairy.
“It’s pretty wet, but it’s drying out, minute by minute,” Lloyd said, before steering his golf cart to the vendor entrance to deal with another issue.
The Tarheel Antiques Festival is this weekend, and it’s the largest in its three-year run. Lloyd said he’s received commitments from almost 100 vendors, some coming from as far away as Florida. The make up is about 70 antique sellers and 30 crafters.
“We’ve got people coming from hours away to shop the festival,” he said. “It’s going to be bigger because we’ve got all the COVID-19 protocols in place. We can do contact tracing, we have lots of sanitizer stations and masks available.”
The festival runs Saturday 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.; and Sunday 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Admission is $5 day of. Two-day tickets can be purchased online for $7. Children under 12-years-old get in free.
The festival is at 226 N. Lloyds Dairy Road in Efland.