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Kremmling Craft Fair growing every year

Will Bublitz
Sky-Hi Daily News
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You can support the Kremmling Preschool and do some holiday shopping at the same time by attending the annual Kremmling Craft Fair on Saturday at West Grand High School.

This year’s craft fair will have vendors from Grand County, the Denver metro area and across Colorado. In addition, the event features concessions, a bake sale and silent auction.

Photos with Santa will be taken from 9 a.m. to noon.

“We’re pretty excited,” said Susan Burger, the Kremmling Preschool’s fundraising chairperson. “This year’s craft fair is so much bigger than last year’s. We have almost 30 vendors who have already registered.”

Hundreds of crafts and holiday gifts will be available during the Kremmling Craft Fair. A list of the vendors, their businesses and/or the type of items they will be offering on Saturday includes:

Polly Allison, “the Candy Lady” ” Mountain Man Fruit and Nut Co.; Sue Armstead ” Fabric Moose and Santa’s; Shawn Bohall ” Mountain Meadow Designs; Karen Burger ” Fleece Blankets, Longaberger Baskets, Stampin’ Up; Donna Craven ” candy and food; Terese Cunico ” Avon Gifts; Brenda Llewellyn ” Brenda’s Creations, Children’s Fleece; Kathy Lurtz ” Pampered Chef; Julie Gulland ” Daisy Designs, Candles, Jewelry; Jenessa Waterman ” Capricorns Garage Candles; Shannon Hurley/Dara Fox ” Chair Massage and Life Force Health Products; Joanna Aprill ” candles, crafts, T-shirts, dish cloths; Sami Lechman ” Discovery Toys; Caye Norwick ” Cayes Creations, Jewelry; Sara Mortenson ” Magnetic Message Boards; Cindy Garner ” Taste of Home, Stampin’ UP; Caroline Smith ” Happy Paws 4-H Dog Club, dog items; Sherri Solowetz ” jewelry; Jerri Thornton ” Keepsake Custom Framing; Mary Roth ” jewelry; Ruby Forster ” Painted Glass and Tinware, Antiques; Laurie Henderhan ” Grande Creations Inventory; Arlene Losee ” Crafts and Baked Goods; Jessica Milnes ” Taste of Home, Wild Tree; Heather Willett ” scrapbooking and gifts; Merrilyn Heeney ” crafts; Deann Tibbetts ” calligraphy, pinecone wreaths, trees, candleholders and food items; and Tom Schafer ” Schafer’s Custom Antler Works, Antler Furniture, Lamps, Elk Leather and Antler Jewelry.

Along with the vendors, the event will feature a silent auction offering items such an gift certificates from Grand and Summit county businesses, an annual family membership to Snow Mountain Ranch-YMCA of the Rockies and ski passes to local resorts. Bids will be accepted until 2:30 p.m. Saturday.

“The craft fair is an annual Kremmling tradition and everybody loves to attend it,” Burger said. “There is such a variety of items to choose from. You can always find good and unique gifts at our craft fair.”

Lorraine Harris, the director of the Kremmling Preschool, agreed. “It’s always fun and exciting to see all of these items on sale,” she said. “Everybody who attends is in the Christmas spirit. It’s fun for both children and adults.”

The annual craft fair is the major fundraiser for the Kremmling Preschool, which is a private, nonprofit corporation owned by parents and governed by its own board of directors. It has been offering educational programs for children ages 3 to 6 since 1973. It currently offers classes for 42 students.

“All the proceeds from the craft fair will go to help the kids of our preschool,” Harris said. “It will pay for tuition assistance, the purchase of classroom supplies and materials, and the purchase of playground equipment.”

In addition to the craft fair, those attending Saturday’s event at West Grand High School can also pick up their Christmas trees. The West Grand High School junior class is holding its annual Christmas tree sale in the high school parking lot. A total of 124 trees were donated by Blue Valley Ranch for the sale, which is a major fundraiser for the junior class prom project. The trees cost $20 each.

Those wanting to become a vendor or in search of more information about the Christmas Craft Fair should call Burger at (970) 724-0984 or the preschool at (970) 724-9483.


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