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Weekend crafts events take over Craig

Jessica Barrios displays holiday items and other selections at Gifts Galore! on Saturday at the Clarion Inn & Suites. The event was one of several in Craig during the weekend featuring the homemade items and other offerings from people in the community.

When there's a nip in the air but not very much snow remaining on the ground during the day in Northwest Colorado, it only can mean it's time for craft season.

Saturday activities were plentiful around Craig for those wanting to get some unique items for the holidays.

A craft sale at the Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 4265 attracted many sellers and buyers alike from within town and beyond, selling homemade clothes, foods, decorations and more, with registration fees and concessions benefiting the VFW's efforts.

Mary Walters organized the event and sold a slew of goods she knitted herself. She said the turnout was great after not being able to offer the sale last year and having fledgling attendance before that.

"I think it helped us that there were so many things going on today," she said. "People are already wanting to get shopping for Christmas."

Elsewhere, the St. Michael Catholic Church Bazaar offered lunch, baked goods and a white elephant sale with a mixture of secondhand items and new handmade materials.

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"People hit us early for the big stuff, and then they came right back to eat," said organizer Delores Hart.

St. Michael also sold tickets for a drawing for a long list of prizes donated by local businesses from gift certificates to meat packages to large appliances.

Across town, the Clarion Inn & Suites played host to Gifts Galore!, a collection of tradespeople and small-time crafters.

Jessica Barrios said she has hosted several such initiatives this year and wanted to have one prior to the holidays. Among her items for sale were homemade ornaments and wreaths.

"We wanted to get in before people got too into Black Friday," she said.

Renee Fuller's table featured a selection of Mary Kay cosmetics. After attending one of Barrios' previous shows, she was happy to sign up again.

"I think things like these are great because they bring the whole community together," she said.

Contact Andy Bockelman at 970-875-1793 or abockelman@CraigDailyPress.com.