YS Holiday Craft Fair ends its 15th edition

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Nov. 15—Holidays and Christmas cheer filled the halls of the Yuba-Sutter Fairgrounds in Yuba City on Saturday as 80 vendors lined the site with a variety of holiday-themed inventory, along with a number number of gift ideas throughout Franklin Avenue. location.

The Yuba-Sutter Annual Craft Fair has returned for the 15th year to the Yuba-Sutter Fairgrounds, said Yuba-Sutter Fair Representative Sherrie Skaggs.

Skaggs said turnout on Saturday was strong as a record number of vendors filled several halls inside the fairgrounds.

The craft fair is the final in a series of fair-sponsored events throughout the year, Skaggs said.

The next step will be a holiday break, Skaggs said, before staff prepare for their annual convention in January to prepare for the 2023 Yuba-Sutter Fair which runs June 22-25.

Skaggs said she and Yuba-Sutter Fair general manager and director Dave Dillabo attend the January convention every year to gather ideas for the fair in June.

There are three craft fairs each year at the Yuba-Sutter Fairgrounds, and the annual two-day craft fair ends the trifecta for 2022.

Vendors set up shop in several halls while volunteers serenaded the day with holiday music. There was plenty of traditional inventory for the upcoming holiday season for sale, as well as jewelry, stuffed animals and other homemade and local items, Skaggs said.

A local family business, named Si-Jo-VI after the three children of Live Oak resident Melanie Broussard, was selling a form of Build-A-Bear stuffed animals and accessories in the main showroom .

Broussard said Build-A-Bear is a miniature stuffed animal that anyone can stuff with a variety of treats and then adopt for $25.

The accessories for sale that can be inserted into Build-A-Bear include many different smells, sounds, and clothes. The package also includes an adoption certificate and a backpack, Broussard said.

Broussard was working Saturday with his second son, Joseph Broussard, also of Live Oak. Joseph Broussard calls himself the muscle of the family business, because he ships everything himself.

Broussard said it was a side hustle he did in his spare time. Although he enjoys helping sell the items for his family, his favorite part of selling Build-A-Bear is the joy in the eyes of the kids after they buy one.

“That’s the good part,” he said.

The Broussard family are continuing their craft fair experience next weekend at the Butte County Fairgrounds in Gridley, where Melanie Broussard said she will be selling many of the same items, including Build-A-Bear.

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