Spanker craft fest re­turns

The Weekly Vista - - Front Page - KEITH BRYANT [email protected]

Tucked away along­side McNelly Road, peo­ple brought food, clothes, fur­ni­ture and crafts of all sorts to sell at the Spanker Creek Farms Arts and Crafts fair last week.

Gower An­der­son reached into a glass dis­play case to grab a slice of fudge for a cus­tomer with an ex­cited-look­ing child.

An­der­son said his com­pany, Oh Fudge, sells Mack­inac-style fudge at a va­ri­ety of fairs and shows. “It’s a good show,” he said. There’s a healthy crowd, even on the week­days, he added.

Closer to the en­trance, iron worker Butch Duker hefts a large metal fish to set aside so its buyer can pick it up on their way out of the show.

He sells a wide ar­ray of decor he ex­plained, in­clud­ing fish, Ra­zor­backs, arches, bees, flow­ers and benches.

“Ev­ery­thing” was the shorter ex­pla­na­tion.

“This is some­thing no­body else has got,” he said.

In par­tic­u­lar, he said, his foldup Christ­mas trees were sell­ing very well.

Bre­anna Townsend from Chick­asha, Okla., stood by a wagon full of goods. Townsend said she came to North­west Arkansas to visit fam­ily and ended up at the craft fair.

It’s a good time, she said, and a pretty, scenic spot.

“It’s cool, I like it. We bought lots of stuff we prob­a­bly didn’t need,” Townsend said.

Keith Bryant/The Weekly Vista

A col­or­ful pea­cock, made by iron­worker Butch Duker, sits on dis­play at the Spanker Creek Farm Arts and Crafts Fair.

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