The Spring Bash at Three Star Mall wasted no time giving people spring fever. With robots, embroidery, paintable cookies, and a mobile stuffed animal maker, there was something for everyone to enjoy.
Mary McCauley represented Teddy Bear Mobile. She brought a big machine that fills different stuffed animals with cotton in front of your eyes. McCauley said she has been to a couple of craft fairs and vendor sales this year to promote birthday parties, school functions, and fundraisers.
Along with the toy machine, the booth also had cotton candy to fit the cotton theme. McCauley says they get good business at craft fairs because they offer something to do.
In classic craft fair fashion, Sew Sudberry had an embroidery and screen-printing booth. They call themselves “personalized gift shoppers.” Felisha Sudberry said the Spring Bash was one of the best fairs she has attended.
“I love the space,” she said, “The layout is spread out. And it brings business to the mall.”
Motlow State Community College also made an appearance with a recruitment booth. Larry Flatt is the executive director of the Automation and Robotics Training Center and said programs provide many avenues for young people interested in a career in Mechatronics.
A recent graduate of the program Caleb Smith programmed the robot at the desk. Flatt said they teach coding to control the movements of robots. They also brought their 3-D models created straight from a 3-D printer.
Carol Prater and Lindsey Eldridge manned a booth from Breezy Barn where they sold children’s boutique clothing and farmhouse crafts. This is their first fair of the year, and they were selling cookies with edible paint so you could customize your own snack. For this craft fair, there were Easter egg-shaped cookies.
Spring Bash organizer Natalie Parker of 21 Rays Boutique said, “From the Easter Bunny, the Greek Station food truck, Central Ice Shack, to all the vendors, the Spring Bash was a success. I appreciate all the vendors who participated and the community for supporting us. I cannot thank everyone enough.”
The Spring Bash kicked off spring bringing business to many vendors who are ready to get back into craft fairs for the spring season and to many of the local businesses at the mall.