Maranatha’s ninth annual Craft and Gift Fair is just around the corner. The fair will take place on Saturday, Nov. 5, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. in the Maranatha gymnasium. The fair features more than 30 vendors from across south central Wisconsin, most from the Watertown area.
A wide variety of homemade baked goods, crafts, trinkets, knick-knacks, do-dads, and even a few home business products like Tastefully Simple and Pampered Chef will be on sale.
The displays around the gym offer diverse items every several feet, everything from homemade jalapeño jelly to jewelry to candles to cookies. Christmas music will be playing in the background and (new for this year) live music from the Maranatha String Preparatory School, which will sponsor a booth to raise funds for a trip.
Door prizes will be given away by coach Rob Thompson—everything from jewelry to cheese cake, lotions to Christmas decorations.
Help support a good cause! The proceeds benefit the Maranatha softball team for its annual Spring Break trip to a round-robin tournament in Minnesota. The team members help vendors set up displays and serve lunch. Vendors comment each year that they “thoroughly love the atmosphere and the friendliness of the softball players; they are always a great help and blessing.” Did you know that, last year, one of the team members had the privilege of leading someone to Christ during the fair? What a great opportunity for witnessing!
Attendance continues to grow. More than 500 people are expected to come, browse, and buy this year. The softball team has earned more than $1,000 annually to offset the expense of its spring break trip.
Students, beat the Day-After-Thanksgiving crowds and get some Christmas shopping out of the way. You might even find that perfect Christmas decoration to brighten the atmosphere in your dorm room. Admission is free, and several vendors will offer free samples.
You can witness familiar faces with unknown talents. For instance: the Director of Custodial Services who also does woodworking; a College professor’s wife who also does stamping; and an Academy teacher’s husband who is a home chef and offers flavorful jams and jellies. Did you know the Athletic Facilities Manager’s wife and daughter are soap makers?
The smell of candles will be mingled with that of pumpkin bread and wood paint. If you aren’t hungry or are scared of open flame, you can look at handmade Christmas ornaments, picture frames, or signs.
The vendors love the atmosphere, and have benefited greatly each year. One noted, “This was the best that I have ever done at a show.”
So come, enjoy the atmosphere, do some early Christmas shopping and support the Crusader softball team!