Park provides ideal setting for craft fair

July 15, 2007|By ASHLEY HARTMAN

FAYETTEVILLE, PA.-More than 200 vendors displayed their handmade products Saturday at the Arts and Crafts Fair at Caledonia State Park.

The 25th annual fair offered a shady, natural environment in which fair-goers could peruse a wide variety of items.

"I just love craft shows, and I like the way this one is set up in the park," said Marge Livingston of Carlisle, Pa.

Others in attendance agreed that they liked the atmosphere of the fair.

"I like this (fair) because I like the location - it's spaced out and it always seems to have unique things," said Julie Cordell of Marion, Pa.

Among the items for sale were needlework, pottery, wreathes, paintings, photographs, purses, wood carvings, stuffed animals, silk creations, stained glass and furniture.


"This is a fabulous show for us," said Carole Fair, one of the owners of Amazing Monograms. "We're really happy to be here."

It was the first time Liz Hartsough, owner of Lizzie's Crafts, was a vendor at the fair. She tried to enter the fair last year, but was put on a waiting list until this year.

"It's a nice show - it's a lot of people," she said.

Hartsough works out of her home in Dover, Pa., and specializes in lighted bottles, NFL bottles, painted NFL stars and lighted blocks.

"It's a very nice turnout," she said.

For vendor Janet Snyder, owner of Jan's Creative Crafts in Dillsburg, Pa., it was her third year at the fair.

Although Snyder said business was slow for her, "there's a good many people - just lookers, not buying anything."

Face painting took place at Murphy's, which sells collapsible totes, satin pillow sets, neck pet pillows and fun pillows.

"Jody started it," said Barbara Murphy, one of the owners of the business. "I think the snake, the kitty and the dog are the favorites."

The home business in Chambersburg, Pa, is owned by Murphy, but her daughter, Jody Wolfe, and granddaughter, Makenzie Wolfe, help her made decorative boxes.

"We sold quite a bit of boxes," Murphy said.

"I came with 300 boxes," Makenzie said, noting that it took many months to make the boxes. "I've been having loads of fun walking around and buying stuff today."

Christi Wilson of Harrisburg, Pa., visited the fair Saturday because her family was camping nearby.

"Almost all of (the products) are unique," she said.

Linda Singley and her daughter, Courtney, 10, were at the fair. They own Bearlin Acres Farm in Shippensburg, Pa., where they raise sheep, goats and alpaca to produce their own wool, cashmere and yarns for sale.

"The best thing you get here are local contacts," Linda Singley said.

Kerri Washabaugh attends the fair every year, but said she looks for "mainly country things - something different."

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