RCC Craft Show a Success

Thursday, November 24, 2016
Shelby Ward, Amy Ward and Lisa Diddle work their booth at the craft show.(courtesy photo)

The cool weather, sunshine and an increased number of vendors at the Rector Community Center Fall Craft Fair spelled success on Saturday, as a large crowd participated in what has become an outstanding event for the center, the community and the vendors.

Saturday's craft fair offered something for everyone. The Community Center Committee served concessions throughout the day, starting with breakfast of sausage and biscuit with gravy served in a variety of ways. Jane Huffman, concession chair, along with Robert Plante, Alma Webb, Deanna McKenney and event chair Martha Thompson served food and smiles all day to a hungry bunch of shoppers. A feast was also offered at lunch time with Southern delicacies like hotdogs, chili cheese dogs, white beans with ham and cornbread. The potato soup with ham and cornbread was requested last year. "The chili was great, too," said Melinda Matheny.

Twenty-five vendors experienced good sales and a huge morning crowd, although sales tapered-off during the afternoon. The vendors smiled and chatted with one another, and the crowd, as shoppers browsed and purchased fabulous product lines. This year's offerings included beautiful nature paintings, homemade soaps, silk-screened and monogrammed sweatshirts, embroidered blankets, towel sets, wreaths, jewelry and delicious pies--including fried pies and brownies.

"We had a large crowd and some fabulous door prizes donated from the vendors," noted center director Linda Robinson. "It's always fun when shoppers win by finding great products and on top of that, they win a door prize!"

Robinson went on to explain the next project will serve to fund an upgrade in the lighting at the center.

"The next project for the Rector Community Center is a total upgrade of the lighting systems to LED lights which will save a substantial amount in electricity costs and be good for the environment as well," she explained. "Future projects and the proceeds from this craft fair event will go toward that high efficiency upgrade."

Organizers noted the event could not succeed without the work of the volunteers, and how they address needed changes.

"We build on the success of the previous year, and make notes with our committee on what went well, where we can improve, but the overall plan works very well," event chair Martha Thompson, said of the community support. "It was a wonderful event with everybody working, helping in their own area. I hope even more people come to the crafts fair next year."

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