The 44th annual Warren County Arts and Crafts Fair is under way – hard work and all.
There are 134 vendors scheduled to display their handmade items and baked goods Friday and Saturday at McMinnville Civic Center. Admission is free to the show sponsored by Homeland Community Bank.
“I love the show, but it wears me out,” said vendor Tina Northcutt, who has been with the craft fair since 1984. Northcutt makes wreaths, tablecloths, baby blankets and also dabbles in baked goods like fried pies.
Irving College kindergarten teacher Martha Kirby was busy Thursday setting up her booth with mouth-watering treats.
“I sold over 100 peanut butter ball platters last year,” Kirby said. “People come up to my booth and say, ‘I’m so glad you’re here again.’”
Show hours are 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday. A special sneak-a-peek showing was held Thursday night.
Exhibitor Darlene Williams is one vendor who works while the craft fair is taking place. She paints porcelain.
“People will gather around me while I’m painting and I’ll be so focused I’ll hardly notice them,” said Williams, who has sold her unique items at the craft fair for 39 years. “I always try to engage children and encourage them to draw and paint. I think it’s good for them.”
Her father, Ed Williams, enjoys manning the booth and waiting on customers while Darlene paints.
“It’s what I like to do,” said Ed. “I see people here I don’t see anywhere else.”
Local baker Carolyn Bickford had tables loaded with sweets for the Thursday night sneak-a-peek. She said she would have a busy night Thursday after the show preparing fresh-baked items for Friday.
“I have a commercial kitchen at home,” said Bickford. “I’ll get both ovens going tonight and I’ll be whipping up some cakes.”
She said Sundrop cake and cream cheese pound cake are two items she will have Friday.
Foodland Plus is providing a full-course dinner Friday beginning at 4 p.m., and other items will be available throughout the two-day event.
Homeland Community Bank representatives remind visitors to register for $250 in cash to be given away.