Fan­tas­tic Craft Fair im­proves with age

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The Fan­tas­tic Van­kleek Hill Christ­mas Craft Fair, Phil Ar­ber con­tends, is sim­ply the best in Eastern On­tario.

And many con­sumers would agree with him.

De­scribed as the old­est con­tin­ual arts and crafts show in the district, the fair has “evolved through re­verse os­mo­sis,” says Mr. Ar­ber.

The high qual­ity of wares has been main- tained be­cause ven­dors are vet­ted. They must make what they sell and cer­tain stan­dards must be re­spected. Since ven­dors gear their prod­ucts to the tastes of shop­pers, the Van­kleek Hill event has re­tained its pop­u­lar­ity. “The crafters who will at­tend six to eight other events will tell you that Van­kleek Hill is still the best in terms of qual­ity and sales,” states Mr. Ar­ber.

The 35th edi­tion of the fair will be held at the Van­kleek Hill Community Cen­tre Novem­ber 25, from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m., Novem­ber 26, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Novem­ber 27, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Peo­ple are en­cour­aged to bring a do­na­tion for the food bank.

Some 23 stalls have been rented for the 2016 edi­tion. “I never had empty spa­ces. I have a long wait­ing list of ven­dors who want to take part.”

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