By Sara Moulton
The Fernie Holiday Craft Fair hosted a full house of artisans on Saturday, November 16, with a wide range of merchandise offering something for everyone.
The holiday fair is one of three annual craft gatherings for the year, alongside a fall event and a special fair that coincides with the Griz Days festival. The popularity and demand for spaces at this year’s winter fair has prompted the organizer of the event, Tanya Malcolm, to offer an additional winter event next month.
“We have 68 vendors here today, which means we’re completely booked up,” said Malcolm. “Our second holiday fair on December 15 will give everyone a chance to do some last minute shopping ahead of Christmas.”
Products available ranged from clothing and accessories to jewellery, ornaments and gourmet food items. Other tables specialized in home decoration; selling handcrafted candles, lamps and artwork. While the weather outside was wintery and cold, the Fernie Community Centre was a warm and cozy space to spend some time browsing for the perfect item.
The silver-coin admission raised money for the Elk Valley Society for Community Living, while the Fernie Christian Youth Group provided refreshments and goodies for hungry shoppers. Details for registering at upcoming fairs can be found at www.ferniecraftfairs.blogspot.ca or by searching for Fernie Craft Fairs on Facebook.