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Craft Fair a Smartt idea
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Warren County resident Donna King shows a quilt she made from start to finish. She was exhibiting at the Smartt Assembly of God Craft Fair.

Kristina Lubas was really rising to the occasion Saturday at the Smartt Assembly of God Craft Fair.

She had eight different varieties of homemade bread for sale with samples available for visitors to try.

“I like to feed people,” said Lubas, who had been baking for three days to prepare for the craft fair. “You could say I spend a lot of time in my kitchen.”

Lubas was one of 27 vendors on hand for the second annual craft fair. There was a great variety of homemade items to choose from. Jams, rugs, blankets, facemasks, candles, dolls, pottery, and much more were available. The vendors were excited to get back out there. 

Beverly Lavender makes many hand-sewn items, including dolls, aprons, and towels. She hasn’t been to a craft fair in a while. “It’s not a good year for craft fairs,” she said due to the virus. Many vendors are returning vendors from last year. Red Letters Woodworking based in Morrison was selling ornaments, signs, and cornhole boards. Kaylan Myers said that signs and cornhole boards are their biggest sellers. She likes the location of the fair next to the highway because it gains attention. 

Red Letters Wood-working was set up in the church across the way from Tumblers n Treasures, which sells pop sockets, ceramic ornaments, key chains and tumblers. All of their items are customizable. Leslie and Deziree Deters agreed that the location of the fair was the best. 

MaNae Design’s and Paparazzi Jewelry shared a room again this year. Whitlee Stewart with Paparazzi said, “We were successful last year and we are glad to see a craft fair come back.”

Christie Harris from MaNae Design’s was excited to be back. She said, “We love the friendliness of the church members.” 

JoShell Simmons of Shell’s Creations and More sold a variety of items, but they mostly print vinyl shirts. This was Simmons’ first time at this craft fair and the first time in years she has been to any craft fair. 

Leslie Veach of Life’s a Veach also participated for the first time at Smartt Assembly of God. Veach has done other fairs before. “Everybody’s antsy to get out of the house,” she said.

Local resident Donna King has several of her homemade quilts on display.

“I just love doing this,” she said. “I make them from start to finish. I design them, sew them and quilt them. On some of the more elaborate ones it might take me a month from start to finish.”

In addition to selling quilts, King is also quick to give them away. She estimates she’s given away more than 500 quilts over the years.