Craft fair season is in full swing


Nov. 7—CONNEAUT — Area residents looking for Christmas gifts and other fun items are in a happy place right now, as craft shows are in full swing in and around Ashtabula County.

The Conneaut High School Fall Craft and Vendor Fair was held at the high school on Saturday, with Christmas music priming buyers and sellers.

Kari McKinley, a CHS teacher, coordinates the event which financially helps the first grade class.

“We have just over 50 vendors,” McKinley said. She said most artisans and vendors are local, but three CHS graduates drove three hours to participate this year.

“We’ve got a bit of everything. Lots of gnomes…and we’ve got a homemade dog treat [vendor],” she says.

McKinley said fellow teacher Suzzane Nellis helps organize the event and several school organizations work at the concession stand.

Daniel Ziemske sold dwarfs. “We have low-cost adoption fees,” he said with a dry smile on Saturday afternoon.

He said Kiki’s Creations Ohio is based in Dorset Township and has 46,000 Facebook followers from around the world.

“I love talking with people and seeing the faces of kids when they get what they want,” he said.

Many sellers attend a variety of trade shows throughout the year, and the opportunities multiply in the weeks to come. Some of the shows scheduled for the next month include many shows that have been running for years and some newcomers.

“Winter Wonderland Arts and Crafts Market” is scheduled for November 11 and 12 at the Conneaut Community Arts Center.

Several shows are scheduled for Nov. 19, with the Harpersfield Fire Department event scheduled from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the fire station with a bake sale also scheduled and the “All I Want For Life” fair. ‘Crafts and Christmas Vendors’ scheduled for 10 a.m. at 3 p.m. at Jefferson High School.

December 5 is also a busy day on the craft show circuit, with a craft show benefiting the Hospice of the Western Reserve scheduled from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at St. John’s School and another scheduled from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Signature Health. on the main avenue in Ashtabula.


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