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Holiday weekend craft fair returning; annual Christmas tree lot opens

Nov 29, 2013 - By Katie Roenigk, Staff Writer

Local crafters and home-based business owners are hoping to resurrect a tradition this weekend by hosting fairs on Black Friday and Small Business Saturday in Riverton.

"There was a gal who did craft fairs years ago, (and) she always did her shows during this weekend," organizer Lora Acres said. "She always had really good shows. (So) we thought we'd try it, since it's one of the busiest shopping weekends of the year. ... We'll see how it goes."

The fair is scheduled for 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. Friday and 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday at the St. Margaret's School gymnasium, 622 E. Park Ave.

Acres said she has suggested vendors mimic larger businesses by offering sales and specials during the event, especially on Friday evening, or "Ladies Night."

"I wanted to get more activities and stuff going (on Friday)," Acres said. "Vendors will have their drawings and different gift baskets ... geared toward the ladies."

The timing also is convenient for people who have to work Friday.

"They'll get off work and come on over to get a jump on their Christmas shopping," Acres said.

Handmade crafts will be available at the event along with home-based business brands.

"We'll have a pretty good selection," Acres said. "As far as vendors, we've had a pretty good response."

Anyone who wants to reserve a spot should call Acres at 857-1613 or 851-6443.

Acres said shoppers should plan to visit the fair on both days, because a different crew of vendors will be present Friday and Saturday.

"Come support your small businesses," Acres said. "Shop local. The tax money goes back into the community."

She added that Fullmer's Fat Boy Diner will be at the event, offering pulled pork and nachos Friday and Saturday, with biscuits and gravy and cinnamon rolls Saturday morning. Acres also plans to have snacks and drinks such as coffee and hot apple cider on hand for customers.

Trees and wreaths

The craft event is taking place in conjunction with the St. Margaret's School Tree Lot, which begins Friday.

"It's right across the alley (from the craft fair)," Acres said. "So just come right into the gym, and then you just head out those doors (to the) trees and wreaths."

Usually, people pre-order their wreaths, but organizers said they have more of the decorations for sale this year.

The lot will be open 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. Mondays through Fridays and 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturdays through the holiday season. Organizers said it is the school's largest annual fundraiser.

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