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Craft shows take over Mandan this weekend

A craft show at Edgewood Vista helped kick off the season.

A craft show at Edgewood Vista helped kick off the season.

Craft fairs are around every corner this weekend in Mandan. The “Craft Fair Crawl,” will feature four different organizations from Nov. 23 through Nov. 24.

Featured on Saturday are craft fairs hosted by the Mandan Eagles, Mandan Senior Center, the Mandan High School FFA and the O.N.E.

The Masonic Breakfast with craft fair, bake sale and vendor sale starts at 8:30 a.m. and lasts until 3 p.m. on Saturday. The Mandan Eagles is located at 1400 Collins Ave.

At 9 a.m. the Mandan Golden Age Club is having their Fall Bazaar and Bake Sale until 3 p.m. The event will be at the Mandan Senior Center at 301 15th Street NW.

Also featured on Saturday is the MHS FFA and Alumni Shopping Jamboree from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Mandan Braves Center.

“The Mandan FFA started the Toy Show five years ago when active FFA member Mike Bahm, now part of the FFA Alumni, came up with the idea,” said Mandan FFA reporter, Tessa Keller.

“It’s not simply a way to raise money, but FFA members also get a chance to interact with our community,” said Keller.

Many unique and handmade items can be found at craft shows.

Many unique and handmade items can be found at craft shows.

The Shopping Jamboree features handmade crafts, fashion items and toy model tractors and trains.

FFA Alumni helps to raise money for FFA activities by providing a bake sale. Let the alumni members make the holiday treats this year and take advantage of bake sale.

The Shopping Jamboree runs until Sunday, Nov. 24, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Admission is $2, and children 12 years old and under are free.

Another event featured on Saturday is Shop Like it’s Hot Vendor and Craft Expo, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., at O.N.E., 210 W Main Street.

Kristie Wolf put the event together to help keep people in the mindset of summer and away from the cold.

Wolf said, “I am trying to get local home based businesses together in Mandan. Many events happen in Bismarck and I want to bring a home-based business event to Mandan.”

Wolf owns a home-based business called Thirty-One, specializing in bags, purses and storage solutions.

“I started doing Thirty-One nearly two years ago to help with the extra expenses for my sons, who are both on the Autism Spectrum. I love the products and it has helped pay for some of the extra expenses.”

About 15 vendors will be present at the craft fair including Wild Tree organic food products, Scentsy, Origami Owl jewelry, Watkins products, Thirty-One bags, Avon, Pampered Chef, original crafts and more.

Several vendors will have door prizes and food tasting available. Beer, soda and water will all be available at the cash bar.

Operation Need to Read Book Drive will be at the Shop Like it’s Hot Vendor and Craft Expo and asks for people to donate new or gently used books for ages zero through ten.

Two women from Minot State University studying social work at BSC are leading the efforts for the book drive. They were asked to participate in the craft expo by Wolf for a special reason.

“One of the girls, Kaitlin, helps do respite care for my children. She has helped us so much the past couple years and when I had the opportunity to do something to help her I jumped at it! Plus it’s a great project, getting books into the hands of our local kids!” said Wolf.