Local craft fair returns to Tucumcari

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Any event that goes for more than a decade is solidly entrenched in the community. When it has gone on for twice a year for 32 years, it is about as solidly a part of the community as it is possible to be and that is exactly what the biannual craft fair has become.

According to Alvin and Rebecca Cawthon the directors of the events the spring craft fair, which will be held on April 4 and 5, is looking like it will be a major success.

“We’re expecting around 50 crafters in here for it,” said Alvin of the craft fair sponsored by the Craft Club of Tucumcari. “It’s not as large as the craft fair in the fall, but we have people coming in from all over to take part.”

The two Cawthons said that people would be coming to display and sell crafts in the Quay County Fair Barn from Colorado, Arizona, Texas and “all over New Mexico.”
They point out that besides crafters from Quay County, they had people registered from Farmington, Almagordo and Albuquerque among others “and a lot of local people too”.

“And these are all crafters,” said Alvin about some other more questionable craft fairs. “This is not a flea market. These will all be crafts.”

Rebecca said that a woman who will be coming actually traveled well out of the United States to perfect her craft.

“One lady who is coming has been to Russia to learn to make silver jewelry,” said Rebecca.

Besides silver workers, Rebecca said they will have quilters, jewelry makers, people who crochet, wood workers, potters, photographers and even a glass blower whose creations have been on display at the Tucumcari Historical Museum.

“We will have almost any craft imaginable,” said Alvin.
There will also be door prizes given out and special purchase awards to special businesses in town.
According to Rebecca there will also be concessions sold by the 4H available to eat while at the craft fair.
On Saturday, April 4, the craft fair will run from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. and on Sunday it will go from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.