The holiday season got off to a great start in Cedaredge last weekend. The 7th annual Community Crafts Fair spread the spirit of the season to dozens and dozens of visitors and shoppers at craft vendors' booths set up in three locations in town.
The event coordinator was JoAnn Price. She has helped arrange the event in past years and has been an energetic supporter of the arts and artists in Delta County.
Display tables filled with professional quality, local, hand-crafted items were set up at the Stolte Shed, the Cedaredge Community United Methodist Church and at the Masonic Hall. Each of the venues offered an affordable lunch as well.
Holiday shoppers got the chance to get an early start on filling out Christmas buying lists, or just indulging themselves with a quality, handmade item. The range of items available was too long to name, with everything imaginable available from fine jewelry to framed needlepoint to home-baked goods.
While vendors got the chance to meet with customers and make sales of their own, the overall event was organized as a fund-raiser for two local projects. Money raised by the event will help with the Methodist Church elevator project. And the local order of Eastern Star will benefit, with a donation to its scholarship program for local graduates.
The event was originally planned to take place at the Cedaredge Community Center where it has been held in past years, but the venue was changed to the three separate locations. Price said she thought the move was a good one because vendors had more space available for displays.
All day long, holiday shoppers were seen crisscrossing town streets between the venues to view and shop.
Santa made an appearance at the Stolte Shed.