As one happy shopper emerged Saturday from the 24th annual Kris Kringle Holiday Craft and Gift Show, she was cradling what was destined to be her daughter's Christmas present in her arms.
"There is anything and everything in there," said the West Virginia woman, who asked to remain anonymous in case her daughter might learn what surprise will be awaiting her under the Christmas tree next month.
Organizer Linda Williams was busy navigating through the 124 vendors Saturday at the Clarion Hotel and Conference Center Antietam Creek on Dual Highway for the two-day event.
By midafternoon Saturday, more than 3,000 people had come through the doors, she said.
The growth of the craft show prompted Williams to announce a year in advance that the 25th annual event will be held Nov. 22-23, 2008, at Hagerstown Community College's Athletic, Recreation and Community Center.