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The tradition continues
Craft fair marks 44th year
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For years, the Warren County Arts and Crafts Fair has been known for its unique blend of homemade items and delicious baked goods.
It’s also starting to develop a following as the place to grab a great meal from Foodland Plus, which is now in its fourth year of serving food at the craft fair.
“People love our world-famous chicken salad,” said store owner Dennis Lann. “They find out about it here, then they can go buy it at our store. People are starting to discover Foodland Plus is like Publix, only without the high prices.”
The craft fair, sponsored by Homeland Community Bank, finished its 44th year Saturday at the Civic Center.
The three-day show began Thursday night with a Sneak-A-Peek viewing with a $5 admission charge. All the money raised from admission goes to Relay for Life and this year’s total was right at $1,200, according to Homeland Community Bank representative Cindy Rogers.
Admission on Friday and Saturday is free. All visitors are encouraged to register for a grand prize giveaway of $250. This year, the grand prize was won by McMinnville resident Teresa Gann.
As for the shopping experience, most vendors reported a banner year for sales. A brisk day of business Friday continued throughout Saturday.
“Everyone I talked to about the show was very pleased with their sales,” said Rogers. “One lady who has been doing the show since she was 15 told me this was her best year ever. That’s probably a span of about 25 years. I had another person tell me they sold everything they had in their booth and had to go out to their car to get their back-up merchandise.”
While the show serves as the official kickoff to the holiday season for many local residents, it requires an abundance of work from Homeland Community Bank employees.
“It takes everyone who works at the bank,” said Rogers. “Some of us man the registration desk, while some of us are out on the floor. We provide change when needed and we sit in booths when people need a break to go to the restroom or get something for lunch.”
Longtime craft fair vendor Tina Northcutt enjoyed a brief moment of fame when she was pictured on the front page of Friday’s edition of the Southern Standard. Northcutt received comments about her picture throughout the event and even had one person bring in their newspaper to ask her for an autographed copy.