The annual Fernie Holiday Craft Fair filled the Community Centre last Saturday with rows upon rows of local goods being sold just in time for the holidays.
Stalls with handknitted garments, Christmas decorations, wooden carvings, delicate jewelry and homebaked goods served the crowds that came pouring in to the centre.
“We had a really great response,” said organizer Tanya Malcolm. “Attendance was at its highest [and] the vendors were all really pleased. It was a sold out show as far as vendors go on both days and I think it was an overall success.”
This year, the craft fair expanded to include a Twilight Holiday Craft Fair the night prior, in response to public demand.
“It seemed like people were making a night of it,” noted Malcolm. “They would go to dinner and then come to the show.”
She added, “[Also], a lot of mothers were there without their kids and commented that it was a nice evening to shop. It just seemed like overall, it was a different ambience to have that show and it seemed it was well received.”
A favourite vendor of Malcolm’s was Mary and Ray Pisomy’s rustic holiday crafts. Spanning three tables with every inch covered in an explosion of festive cheer, Malcolm said that the pair’s table, which has made an appearance at the Holiday Craft Fair for the last 25 years, is probably the most festive out of the entire fair.
“I just feel like it’s really sweet they continue to invest their time into making such a festive table, and all of their crafts have this rustic style to them and they don’t stray away from that. They’re really authentic.”
The next craft fair in Fernie will be the Griz Days Fair on Saturday, February 28.