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Fair marks 30 years

Frontier Craft Days has more than 50 vendors

Frontier Craft Days has more than 50 vendors

August 04, 2002|by KIMBERLY YAKOWSKI

kimy@herald-mail.com

Carol and Bill Hess of Hagerstown said they wait each year for the Jonathan Hager Frontier Craft Days to come to City Park.

"It's an excuse to spend the whole day here," Carol said.

The couple said their first stop is to have lunch, choosing from among the various food vendors parked behind the Jonathan Hager Museum.

"After our bellies are full, we shop," Carol said.

Bill likes stained glass while Carol is more interested in dried flowers and Primitive items, she said.

The fair is conducive to shopping because you don't have to park far so loading up items you've purchased is easy, Bill said.

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This year marked the 30th year for the annual event, which features music and the handiwork of more than 50 craftspeople.

The Jonathan Hager House is built over a spring, and visitors can see the cool water in the cellar. Although none of the furniture in the house was Hager's, the collection includes period pieces including blanket chests, a spinning wheel and tools and utensils of the time.

Jennifer Kelly of Hagerstown sat down by the spring, which was low from recent dry conditions, to enjoy a lemonade and take a break from her craft hunting.

"It's hot but this tastes good," she said.

Kelly said she didn't have much money to spend so it was tough choosing among the vendor's wares.

"I ended up buying some jewelry. Next year I'll bring more money," she said.

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