Fraser: Craft fair kicks off holiday season |

Fraser: Craft fair kicks off holiday season

The Ninth Annual Holiday Artisan Fair this weekend could be the first stop toward helping you prepare for the holiday. Everything from decorations to handmade crafts, perfect for presents, will be on sale to benefit the Fraser Valley Metro Recreation District.

Doors to the event, at Fraser Valley Elementary School, are open 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. to more than 35 crafters from around the county and state.

Special highlights of the fair include one-of-a-kind handmade items for holiday gifts (or for yourself). There will be holiday decorations, jewelry, barrettes, artwork, cards, hand-carved items, silk and cotton natural dyed scarves, edible treats, antique quilts, beadwork, pottery, watercolors, knitted felt purses, hand-forged iron works, hand-stamped paper crafts, slippers, decorated wine bottles, wooden candle holders, seat belt bags, knit wear, children’s books and homemade soaps and lotions.

Frank Expressions will have a table at the fair. Owner Francie de Vos, known for her creativity and spunk, said she has several new and unusual gift items. In addition to some “awesome” ornaments, she will have gift baskets, candy bouquets and Arbonne body products.

She also announces a solution to the days when someone can’t find a matching pair of socks. She has nice socks that aren’t supposed to match.

The event also includes visits from Santa Claus from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. and there will also be a Children’s Craft Corner so parents can shop with some secrecy involved. All the money raised at the Children’s Craft Corner will help the Middle Park High Spanish students to offset costs for their upcoming trip to Costa Rica.

Festivities also include a fundraiser raffle in which all the artists donate one item a lucky winner gets to take home. Food and beverages will be available for purchase with a bake sale and light lunch items for people to munch on.

The fair is “a great way to support our local artists and find unique gifts,” FVMRD Recreation Supervisor Michelle Lawrence reminds everyone.

Proceeds benefit FVMRD’s youth programs, especially the youth art programs and art supplies for the kids. For more information, call (970) 726-8968.

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