Anyone who is looking for gifts for the upcoming holiday season or simply is interested in browsing a diverse collection of handmade goods needs to look no further than the Missouri State Fairgrounds, which is hosting the Show-Me Crafters annual show.
Show-Me Crafters, a non-profit organization based in Sedalia, is throwing its 34th annual fall craft show this weekend at the Agriculture Building in the Missouri State Fairgrounds. The event is scheduled to run from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and return between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. Sunday.
Janet Johnson, president of Show-Me Crafters, said the show will feature more than 90 vendors from Missouri and across the region, selling everything from homemade candles, pottery, lamps and brooms to more unusual items such as jewelry made from recycled bottle caps or lawn ornaments built with PVC piping.
“We don’t allow anything that isn’t handmade. We insist on that,” Johnson said. “It’s really good if you’re wanting to buy Christmas stuff, or just buy something unusual. We have a huge variety of stuff.”
In addition to the broad assortment of crafts available for purchase at the show, Johnson said the event will include a flintknapping demonstration throughout the weekend and door prizes for children and adults doled out every half hour.
The club also will use the craft show to raise money for other organizations in the city. All proceeds from concession stand sales will benefit Relay For Life, and funds raised from a bake sale will go to support the Sedalia Senior Center’s in-home meal program.
Johnson said in past years, the group also has donated a portion of its profits from its annual spring and fall shows to the Pettis County Historical Society’s museum.
“The founders of our club wanted to have shows in Sedalia to display our crafts, and we are continuing that tradition,” Johnson said. “And when we get any leftover money from the show, we donate it.”