Fall Craft Fair features local businesses


Carrie Nenonen

The annual Craft Fair features over 100 businesses that sell a wide range of products.

Over 135 vendors will pack the north and main gym on Saturday Oct. 29 and Sunday, Oct. 30, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., for the 33nd annual Parkway West Band Craft Fair.

“It funds much of our competition activities including bus and truck rental and entry fees, which can be sizable,” Craft Fair social media manager Carrie Nenonen said.

The wide variety of vendors range from accessories and art to decor and leather works.

“We try to keep a healthy balance, a little bit of everything.  One strict rule we do have though is we have a 20 percent cap on third party vendors to stay true to the ‘Shop local’ craft aspect of the event,” Nenonen said. “We host consultants for wonderful companies like LuLaRoe and Jamberry, though we do place a cap to ensure the event stays true to our #ShopLocal mission.”

The Craft Fair Organizers have marketed the event through social media and with lawn signs around campus nearby neighborhoods.

We have definitely seen an increase in interest, I think most because the community is so connected online and we have pushed our online efforts.  We have had to turn a number of vendors away this year as we reached capacity, so we are considering an expansion over the next couple of years,” Nenonen said.

The craft fair also includes a raffle, a used book sale, a band-booster bake sale and concessions.

“We have a pancake breakfast served by Chris Cakes which is a blast.  They offer all-you-can-catch pancakes and sausage.  That is where we tend to see the most West students,” Nenonen said.

While general admission is free, band members are selling tickets for the pancake breakfast, $8 for adults, $5 for children ages five to 12, and kids under five eat free.

“We typically have over 1500 customers come through and raise roughly $10 thousand each year,” Nenonen said.