Kremmling 4-H hosts craft fair |

Kremmling 4-H hosts craft fair

The Homesteaders 4-H Club of Kremmling is hosting the second annual Craft Show and Bazaar with 18 different booths, artisans and items to peruse.

Just some of the items on display for the club’s major fundraiser include jewelry, Western clothing, belt buckles, knitted hats, scarves and wash cloths; aprons, quilts, fall decorations, candles and accessories, bookmarks, Avon, homemade soaps, and books. Several Homesteaders club members will also be offering personally-crafted items for purchase.

Meanwhile, the Homesteaders 4-H Club (participants and their families) are baking up a storm for yet another successful bake sale, with homemade breads, rolls, cookies, muffins, quick breads and desserts. They will also be serving up homemade chili, hot dogs, hot chocolate, and lemonade for purchase.

Last year’s first-ever event went very well. Organizers have been working hard to get the word out the community and hope to have an even larger turnout this year. The event provides an outlet for local and regional artists and craftsmen to promote their products, as well as support local business and economy and the 4-H program. It also provides a means for the community to find home decorations and gifts for the holidays, saving them the trip to the surrounding big cities.

“We want to present 4-H in a positive way to get more people involved in 4-H,” said Shelly Mathis, event coordinator. The Homesteaders Club, she explains, consists primarily of homeschool students from the Kremmling area, as well as students from Kremmling’s Mountain Valley Christian Academy. The club formed in 2006 and this month marks the beginning of its third year.

Members participate in local, county, district and state 4-H activities; “to provide a means for our kids to develop a sense of leadership, organization, creativity, and community service,” said Shawn Bohall, club leader. “Our club provides emphasis on members developing these skills in a supportive setting.” The program stresses community service and giving back to the community and is a general club, comprised of a large selection of projects according to the kids’ personal choice.

“Through the projects, they not only learn about the project, but develop the leadership and community skills emphasized in 4-H,” Bohall said.

Past projects include canned food drives, aluminum can collection, painting the rest rooms at the Doc Ceriani park in Kremmling, donating money toward a 4-H scholarship fund, participating in a quilter’s show and tell at the Cliffview Assisted Living Center (also helping finish quilts to be donated), participating in the Valentine’s Day meal box drive and providing concessions for the gymkhanas. Some of the members also participated in the Cookies and Cards Christmas Mission to military service men and women who are from Grand County and some also made quilts for the children’s hospital. It also had the opportunity to cater and serve lunch at the Beef Field Day sponsored by CSU at the Penny Ranch.

Booth rental fees from the fair go back to the club , along with proceeds earned from the lunch concessions and bake sale; and the money raised will go toward future community service projects (one already scheduled includes lap quilts for donation at Christmastime) and as an allotment to the Grand County 4-H Council Scholarship fund.

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