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Craft fair brings holiday charm today, tomorrow

Local resident Phyllis Womack has been a vendor at the Warren County Arts and Craft Fair since her son was just 1 year old. He’s a grown man now, but one thing hasn’t changed – Womack is still an exhibitor at the craft show.
“My first booth was upstairs and my son was just 1. Now he’s 33,” said Womack, who was busy setting up her booth yesterday afternoon. “He couldn’t keep still so we brought a baby bed and put him in there. It kept him in one place but he would just cry in there. He was a mess. Now he’s 6-foot-7 and he’s a wrestler,” she said of her son, Bill St. John.
Womack is among 135 exhibitors who will be selling their art, crafts, and homemade goodies today and tomorrow during the 43rd annual show. Hours are 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. each day with the show being held at McMinnville Civic Center.
Womack specializes in wreaths and Christmas ornaments. She says last year was a strong year for sales, so much so she decided to expand this year.
“There was so much I had to leave at home last year because it all wouldn’t fit in here,” said Womack. “So I decided to get two booths this year.”
For those who come with more than a sweet tooth, Foodland Plus will be serving dinner tonight from 3 to 7 p.m. Tables have been set up and decorated for your dining enjoyment. There will be a ham dinner with two sides available, along with other items such as BBQ and chicken salad.
While Womack has been at the show for 32 years, it’s the first year for Spencer residents Jim and Glenece Crable.
“He does the wood work and I do the fabrics and quilts,” said Glenece. “Being our first year, I don’t know what to expect. But good or bad, I’ll make new contacts and get my name in this county.”
Glenece says they started doing shows two years ago at Fall Creek Falls. She says they enjoy meeting people and exhibiting their handmade items.
“He’s semi-retired so this gives him something to do,” said Glenece.
Admission is free all day Friday and Saturday. Show sponsor Homeland Community Bank will give away $250 on Saturday, and door prizes donated by vendors will be given away every hour. Call 507-1422 for more information.


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