Vendors at capacity for 29th faire
In an effort to drive funds to local organizations’ reserves, a group with creativity in mind will be holding an art-centric get-together, inviting folks to “Come to the Country” this weekend in western Schuylkill County. The 29th annual Hegins Valley Arts & Crafts Faire will be held from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday at Hegins Park, Stutzman Drive and Park Lane. Parking will be $2 and benefits the Hegins Park Association, according to Kathryn Otto, who does the advertising for the event and has been involved in it for 27 of the 29 years. Only service dogs will be allowed, she said, adding the faire will be held rain or shine. “We have been most fortunate” in terms of weather, Otto said. “In 28 years, it has never been totally canceled.” The exhibition will “have over 200 selected craftsman from Pennsylvania and nearby states, and we have a few that will be demonstrating some of there ware as well as displaying their finest work,” Otto said. “There’s also a delicious variety of foods prepared for all palates.” Again at capacity of 230 art vendors, the gathering, with a DJ playing music all day, will feature a couple new art forms, including string art, where nails hammered into wood act as pegs for strands of string or yarn to criss-cross; garden art, “utilizing plates and vases and bowls to create garden ornaments,” Otto said; handmade stained-glass jewelry; handpainted glass wares; and wine cork placemats and trays. In addition to individual items sold by crafters, the committee will be raffling off art baskets. Tickets will be for sale throughout the day, and raffle winners will start being announced around 1 p.m., Otto said. “You get something for each craft person, and they sort of make them into theme baskets. Maybe it would be a basket with kitchen items, or a basket with crafty items, or a basket with food items. So, they try to correlate a theme with each basket,” she added. Although the faire begins at 9 a.m., prior to the start will be a breakfast, served at the eating house at 7 a.m., Otto said. Topping last year’s count, there will be about 40 food vendors, she said. The committee also looks to continue its streak of topping the previous year’s amount of proceeds; in 2017, they donated $14,800, up about $800 from 2016. In the 28 years it has been held, the group donated a whopping $238,189. Despite having vendors from outside the area and even the state, those proceeds stay right at home and benefit myriad Hegins area organizations. Although more groups can be added to the donation list, last year they included: Tri-Valley Pool; Trinity Lutheran Day Care; Tri-Valley Charities; Sacramento Fire Company; Light Up The Town; Hegins Park Association; Hegins Ambulance Association; Hegins Valley Fire and Rescue; TriValley Food Closet; Tri-Valley Free Public Library; Christmas Outreach; Little Blessings Day Care; and Valley View Park Association. For more information about the Hegins Valley Arts & Crafts Faire, call 570-6829541 or 570-682-8181, or visit the faire’s page on Facebook.
The annual Hegins Valley Arts & Crafts Faire draws myriad crowds and a variety of vendors year after year. This year’s event has sold out all 230 vendor spots.A variety of food vendors set up stands for the day at the annual craft faire, from beef sandwiches and soft pretzels to freshsqueezed lemonade and homemade sweet iced tea.