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Aiken’s Makin’ may cause traffic delays, arrive early for best parking

September 7, 2018

The Aiken Department of Public Safety is offering some tips for residents as the arts and crafts fair, Aiken’s Makin’, opens in downtown this Friday and Saturday.

Nearly 175 artists, crafters and artisans from throughout the Southeast will display their work at the 42nd annual Aiken’s Makin’, which is a two-day show, put on by the Greater Aiken Chamber of Commerce.

The event takes place from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Friday and from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday along Park Avenue in downtown Aiken, and heavy traffic is expected.

Lt. Karl Odenthal, with Aiken Public Safety, said residents should “expect delays.”

“From Chesterfield Street down to Kershaw Street there will be no cross traffic,” Odenthal said. “In addition, there will not be northbound or southbound traffic on Fairfield, Union and York streets. One lane of eastbound through-traffic will be available to motorists.”

The biggest issue attendees to Aiken’s Makin’ can expect is finding parking, as there will no parking down Park Avenue during the event.

“Parking will be first come, first serve,” Odenthal said. “Basically, I suggest people just try to find a spot anywhere they can. We are just asking people to not park in the middle of the parkways. Drivers should park with two wheels in the median and two wheels in the roadway.”

Because of the closing of certain streets, such as the area of Park Avenue between Chesterfield and Union streets, Odenthal said drivers should also prepare to take alternative routes.

“If you are someone who doesn’t plan on attending, I definitely suggest trying to find an alternative route,” he said. “If a driver tries to come through downtown Aiken this weekend – they will be able to get where they are going – it’s just going to take a while.”

Those who do plan on attending should plan ahead and leave early in order to find a spot to park, Odenthal said.

Finally, Odenthal added that staying hydrated and knowing how your body reacts to heat is always important.

“We’ve had people pass out in the heat, so if your body doesn’t do well in heat, it may be best to come out in the mornings,” he said.

For more information, visit aikensmakin.net.

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