November 23, 2012
Shoppers can find gifts galore at State Fair Community College’s ninth annual Holiday Arts and Crafts Show on Dec. 1. Doors will be open from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Fred E. Davis Multipurpose Center on the SFCC campus.
“We are sold out at 125 booths,” said Dana Page, Multipurpose Center coordinator.
“We have a little bit of everything — quite a bit of jewelry, pet clothes, doll clothes, photographs. We’ve got two floors of wares.”
Vendors are coming from all over the state of Missouri including Carthage, Kansas City, Walnut Shade and Springfield, as well as Kansas. Admission is free and Page said an average of 1,200 to 1,400 people attend.
She believes the show is a success because of the location. Shoppers don’t have to fight for a parking space and with two floors of vendors, there’s plenty of room to walk around.
For Tresa Killion, of Hughesville, this will be her fifth year participating in the show. She has been making handmade pottery for the past 15 years.
“I do it because it’s home. My favorite part is the people,” Killion said. She enjoys attending the Sedalia show because it gives people from around this area the opportunity to see her work. She attends shows all over the state including the crafts festival at Silver Dollar City.
Customers like the functional ware she sells. Bread bakers are her most popular item. People can either put frozen bread in it or create their own. She offers the bakers in four colors — green, black, blue and nutmeg. Each bowl comes with recipes. Her pottery ranges in price from $12 to $200.
Killion’s impressed with the organization of the show.
“They take really good care of the vendors,” she said. “They even have teenagers available to help pack things in.”
The SFCC Booster Club will sell concession items like soup and sandwiches. Another vendor will be selling kettle corn.
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