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Crafting a tradition

Winter Arts and Craft Show a venue for merchants, nonprofits

Bridget Manley

— From Utah, Wyoming, and Colorado’s Front Range, people have come to a Craig event that gives merchants and nonprofit organizations an opportunity to make some extra cash, said Centennial Mall property manager Vicki Hall.

The event also does something else. It provides shoppers the chance to buy handmade gifts.

The Winter Arts and Craft Show is scheduled from noon to 7 p.m. Friday and 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday at the Centennial Mall, 1111 W. Victory Way. There, vendors will offer handmade items, including furniture, jewelry and baked goods.

“It’s a good variety,” Hall said.

The craft show also will include a visit from Santa, provided by Moffat County High School DECA, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Friday and Saturday.

The craft show is one of three such events the Centennial Mall hosts annually.

The event, which the mall has hosted for more than 10 years, originated when the annual November Holiday Craft Show could no longer accommodate the number of vendors.

The winter craft show also allows senior citizens, nonprofit organizations and youths raising money for school or church activities to participate for a reduced price, Hall said.

The Centennial Mall provides booths to these groups for $25 – half the normal price – during the December craft show.

In previous years, the December craft show has attracted “a couple thousand” customers during the two-day period, Hall said.

More than 75 crafters have already signed up for the event and all booths are filled.

To prepare for the show, Hall advertises throughout Northwest Colorado, including Steamboat Springs, Oak Creek, Rangely and Rifle, using funds generated through leasing booths. In recent years, vendors and customers from Denver, Vernal, Utah, and Rawlings, Wyo., have attended the sale.

“We try to hit a broad area” with advertising, Hall said.

This year, Hall expects the annual Winter Art and Craft Show to bring as large a variety of vendors and customers as it has previously.

Although the show brings in new merchants, it also hosts returning ones. At least half of the vendors at this year’s show have participated in years past.

“We’ve all become friends over the years,” Hall said.

Bridget Manley can be reached at 824-7031, ext. 207 or