The West Coast Wire
Celebrating all the community has to offer
Annual fall craft fair showcases the importance of local talents
For Janalee Strowbridge, craft fairs are about putting the community front and centre. The Corner Brook woman started her business 30-Six Productions more than 20 years ago, with the idea to plan events for the community’s benefit.
“I guess the reason I got into it was I’ve always been community-minded with trying to do events here,” she told the West Coast Wire. “And I still am. And this just grew really big.”
One of the big ways she promotes community is through the four craft fairs she organizes every year. These provide small homebased local businesses the opportunity to showcase the high-quality crafts and goods they specialize in.
According to Strowbridge, there’s nothing like buying locally made items.
“It’s so important to get that community group together and highlight just what our community and surrounding areas (have),” she proclaimed. “We’ve got so many talented people here but they don’t have the means to advertise. But these fairs highlight people.”
For Strowbridge, it’s important to keep money flowing in the local economy and ensuring people’s abilities do not go to waste.
“Some of these crafts can be a lost art and we don’t want people to give up on their capabilities of being crafty in their hobbies,” she stated.
The added benefit for the consumer is that the product is high quality.
“They put a lot of heart and soul into what they do,” commented Strowbridge.
Fortunately for vendor and customer alike, the next of these fairs is just around the corner.
On Saturday, Sept. 9, the Corner Brook Civic Centre will host the annual Fall Craft Fair from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
It kicks off a slew of fairs coming the rest of the year, with the Oktobertfest Craft Fair scheduled Oct. 21 and the Christmas fair on Nov. 17 and 18. 30-Six Productions will also be putting on a fair during Winter Carnival next year.
Strowbridge says the fall fair is kind of a kickoff for the season. Many vendors will put a lot of effort into providing seasonally themed items at the fairs. Therefore, the fall fair will feature plenty of fall-themed items, such as fall clothes and autumn-themed home decorations. She anticipates more than 80 vendors will attend.
New additions include The Bell Bottom, with its variety of naturally and sustainably sourced products; Taste of Space, with its freeze-dried candy, which Strowbridge says is currently en vogue; Joie de Vivre Farm NL from Irishtown-Summerside, who will have homegrown veggies for sale; there will be stained glass items from Rocky Harbour; and Dusty Moustache Creations from Deer Lake will be selling custom hardwood and epoxy home furniture and decor. One vendor will be doing temporary henna tattoos and Strowbridge anticipates there will be plenty of artwork, food vendors and crafts.
She notes the Octoberfest Fair will often feature Halloween-themed items and sees people Christmas shopping for friends and family living away, allowing them time to send something off in the mail.
The November fair features more local Christmas shopping. That fair is basically all Christmas and caters towards children, with a Santa Claus present, loot bags and fun activities like scavenger hunts for children.
Strowbridge notes the fairs aren’t just about the products. She feels the added benefit
is that it’s a great opportunity to get out and socialize.
“It’s just nice to get out and get in a new atmosphere,” she said.
To learn more, check out 30-Six Productions on social media.