Elkford’s Moonlight Madness Craft Fair is set for another holiday season, taking over the Elkford Community Centre on Nov. 19.
From 1 p.m. until 8 p.m., 50 vendors will set up over 70 tables, ready to sell their homemade goods amongst other crafts.
Organizer Karen Mills said that she was booked for vendors months before the event.
“It’s a very well attended craft fair and we are always booked. I was booked in August and then I had a few cancellations and I was booked again by September,” she said in an interview with The Free Press. “This one’s been going for years and years, and it used to be in the mall and then our mall has been updated and it hasn’t really got a central passage way anymore. We moved it to the Elkford Community Centre in 2013.”
Mills said that this craft fair is different from others in the area because there are a lot of vendors and artisans who prep all year for this specific fair.
“We have a few people in the community who do home crafts, so they only do Moonlight Madness,” she said. “A lot of them are just people from the home who make things every year. They’re not businesses, they’re not doing it at any other craft fair – it’s purely a one off.”
Mills said people can expect to see a lot of homemade goods, toques, scarves and trinkets that make great holiday presents.
“We have all different things. We have ladies making chocolates who only do them for Christmas time, we have quilters, a bit of everything really. It’s quite a good one.”
The event also features live entertainment, with school groups performing holiday-themed songs.
“We have the Rocky Mountain Elementary School Choir come in. So they come in usually between 1:30 and 2:30 and they sing on stage,” said Mills, adding that the Elkford Secondary School band usually plays later on in the afternoon, between 4 p.m. and 6 p.m.
“I tend to open it up. I will put it out there to see if there is anyone in town that would like the chance to sing on stage. It’s Christmasy – sing on stage or play an instrument, so it’s a good chance for them to get that experience,” said Mills.
The craft fair takes over almost all of the Community Centre, and Mills said that the foyer acts like a makeshift art gallery.
“We have artists that have formed the arts society. They use the foyer area because a lot of their work is really quite expensive so we are so busy at this event and there are a lot of children running around and stuff so they have an area at the fireplace and they can display their things up higher and there is a less chance of anything getting broken. It’s a good area as well,” she said.
The Moonlight Madness Craft Fair will be from 1 p.m. to 8 p.m. on Nov. 19