This year's Fair (Saturday, November 19th, 8:30-2:30, Hickman County Elementary School gym) offers shoppers three main choices.
One: Spend several days in crowded stores or a few hours in one local location to do Christmas shopping.
Two: Be in rushed settings, waiting in lines or enjoy a setting where you see friends, hear Christmas music, get a free shopping bag, and have a $5 lunch.
Three: Buy commercially made, mass produced products or choose special handmade, handcrafted one-of-a-kind gifts (many of which can be personalized).
The Fair (as of today) has forty-five vendors. The Arts Council hopes shoppers will study the variety below and make their Christmas lists because there's something for everyone. Choose local shopping and unique gifts; enjoy your shopping experience!
Food: Clinton Woman's Club (cakes and candy), United Methodist Women (breads and other foods), Deena's Garden Goodies (salsa, pickles, spaghetti sauce, jams, relishes), Joan Lacewell (peanut and pecan brittle), Kentucky Nut (nuts, holiday tins and baskets), Flight program (funnel cakes), and possibly honey.
Crafts: Christy Bell (Sunflower Designs-seasonal wooden door hangers and jewelry), Teresa Hayden (iCare Rosaries), Danny Whitlock (stoneware pottery), Clara Seaton (quilted throws, ornaments, purses), D.Ann's Jewelry (Dorothy McCreery- jewelry, headbands, bookmarks, key finders), Paula Elliott (Christmas wreaths, arrangements, ornaments), Denise Berryhill (handcrafted jewelry using mixed media, herb products, soaps, books), Cheryl Hartsell (homemade cards), Eva Blaylock (Eva's Treasures-ruffled scarves, earring and bracelet sets), Alex Steckler (R.A.S. Woodwork (fan pulls, wine stoppers), Jean and Joel Taylor (Magnolias and More- carved and scented candles, arrangements),
Lisa Mellies (children's clothes, tutus, crocheted and embroidered towels, jewelry), Deena Pittman (embroidery, appliques, heat transfer vinyl), Sarah Martin (hand knitted items for babies, children, and the home), Betty's Aprons ( Betty Beasley's handmade aprons), Wendi Short ( crosses with fabric).
Writers: Geoff Baggett (Revolutionary War historical fiction), Vivid Gray (four books), Charles Blair (books, CD), Lynn Bartlett (Tobacco Barns of Western Kentucky), and Extension Homemakers (Another Taste of Hickman County).
Photography: Sherry Elder (Nature Photography), Moonhill Redwing Studio (Russell Mays's pastels, prints, and cards of original drawings).
Wood crafts: Noah and Delila Slabaugh (Amish adult and children's rocking chairs, baskets), Patricia Tarantinio (Twig's Country Crafts (wood crafts, Raggedy Ann and Andy dolls), Kym Coley (painted rustic wood, Christmas décor), Emanuel Gingerich (cedar lawn furniture, Adirondack chairs, swings, tables, gliders), Donald Davis (Double D Wood Turning-wooden bowls, boxes, candlesticks), Andy Crews (Shaker boxes, cutting boards, wooden spoons), Paul St. Onge (Autumn Creek Wood Turning-bowls, cheeseboards, hurricane lamps), Jill Holshouser (Dani Rae Collection-barn wood and fence wood crafts), Jennifer Duncan (wood and ceramics), and Clay Brummal (woodworking).
Other: Historical Society (books about Hickman County), Hickman County Museum (pillows, books, memorial bricks), Project Graduation (wreaths, jewelry, dog treats, flower arrangements with all proceeds going to Project Graduation), West Kentucky Journal (2017 calendar and children's book).
So many choices! Please come and support these local craftsmen, writers, and organizations. (Saturday, November 19th, 8:30-2:30, Hickman County Elementary Gym)