The Golden Craft Fair has had another successful year, officially starting off the Christmas shopping season.
“I think we’ve done a good job here of creating something very unique,” said Thelma Brown, office manager of Kicking Horse Culture, and organizer of the Craft Fair.
More than 60 vendors selling art, baking, clothing, jewelry and much more filled the Mount 7 Rec Plex this past weekend.
But the event has been weeks, even months in the making.
“It’s a fair amount of work,” said Brown. “You start in September with your initial letter out to the vendors from the previous year to see if they would like to come back. And then after their deadline is over, another letter goes out to the people who have inquired, and it starts to roll then.”
The Craft Fair has expanded over the past several years, attracting vendors from all over British Columbia and Alberta.
“I’ve got people from Edmonton, Enderby, quite a few from down south, Invermere and Radium… The word that this is a really cool craft fair has spread. So it’s been really nice to get that extra interest from outside because they bring in new products and inspire artists here to venture out, and it’s all really good.”
Although it does make the process of organizing the fair interesting, because with bad road conditions Brown never knows if her vendors will make it here.
The turnout to the fair is also difficult to predict every year.
“The vendors always give us feedback about how they did and what they felt, but you get varied reports. It’s very unpredictable,” said Brown. “The crowd looks pretty good today (Saturday), but some will say it’s slower, and some say it’s very busy.”
The crowds roaming through the tables to take a gander at the goods are a good indication of the fair’s success, but Brown says it takes a lot of patience to see all they have to offer.
“Traditionally people come and they walk around a lot of times to check everything out before they buy anything. There’s a lot here, and if you don’t have the patience to really look sometimes you may not see. It’s overwhelming for some people because it’s just so much.” said Brown.
“It’s great though. If you really look I think you could do all you Christmas shopping here.”