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Saturday, 11 November 2017 11:22

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By ROBERT PIERCE
• Leader & Times


Thanksgiving is a week and a half away, and that means Black Friday, traditionally the kickoff to the Christmas shopping season will soon be here as well.

While local and area organizations and businesses have already provided shoppers plenty of early opportunities for Christmas gifts, next weekend, another chance will present itself in Meade, about 40 miles from Liberal.

Saturday, Building B at the Meade County Fairgrounds will play host to the Fall Craft Fair, and coordinator Tasha Cooley said the show already has around 40 vendors in place.

“They’re pretty unique this year,” she said. “I was kind of super excited about some of them we have. Vendors come from three different state.”

Each year, Cooley hosts two craft shows, one in July and November, and each year, the proceeds from the booths at the show go to a local group. Anyone in Meade County can apply to be the recipient of the money.

The proceeds from this show will go to the trap shooting club at Meade High School. Booth fees are $30 per vendor.

Cooley said while many vendors are already in place, more are committed to coming. In addition, the craft fair will have a silent auction, and she said coming to the fair is completely free.

Food and home decor items will likewise be a part of Saturday’s fun, as Cooley said the show will feature pretty much the “full works.”

“We’re going to have a coffee bar as well at the show, and the kids will be there to help load and unload the vehicles,” she said.

This is the fourth year Cooley has hosted the semi-annual shows, and she said for this weekend’s Fall Craft Fair, youth will be on hand to help wrap Christmas presents.

In addition to helping out the trap shooting club, Cooley said the event likewise helps the Meade community in general.

“It also gets people out from surrounding communities plus helping businesses,” she said. “Not only do they come to the craft show, but there’s many places to eat in Meade as well as the Dalton Gang Hideout, our museum. There’s so many local businesses open that day to shop, to come in and browse. It’s just a fun-filled event that allows you to get out and see what Meade has to offer.”

Tons of door prizes are one of the reasons Cooley said will encourage people from out of town to come to Meade next Saturday.

“We have tons of door prizes,” she said. “Usually, we have about  100 door prizes, sometimes more. It just kind of varies show to show. Each booth has their own little freebie. They do drawings.”

With fall in full swing and Christmas in the air, much of that decor will be seen at booths throughout the fairgrounds building, and Cooley is expecting a great turnout.

“We have a lot of wood vendors and a lot of homemade vendors coming this year, so I’m expecting a lot of goodies,” she said.

The Meade County Fall Craft Fair will take place from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, in Building B at the fairgrounds. Cooley said many sponsors have helped her put on the event.

“I want to thank all of our sponsors that put the time and effort to helping me allow this event to keep going and keep proceeding on,” she said.

Cooley said vendors looking to take part in the craft fair can call her at 620-655-7823, and for those looking for the fairgrounds, directions will be provided to those coming into Meade.

“There’s signs on both sides of the highway, banners that’ll direct you to the fairgrounds,” she said.

 

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