Club holds 33rd annual craft fair this weekend

By William Thompson: Quay County Sun

The 33rd annual spring craft fair hits the Quay County Fair Barn this weekend with more than 50 booths displaying a variety of arts and crafts, all hand-made according to fair organizers.

Rebecca Cawthon, president of the Crafters, Rockhounds and Artists’ Fair of Tucumcari (C.R.A.F.T.), said between 500 and 600 people visited the fair last year and this year she expects the same or better.

“We’re supposed to have good weather this weekend,” Cawthon said. “It’s a good way for people to socialize. San Jon High School students will be selling BBQ sandwiches and beef stew and we will have chairs set up around the concession booth for people to sit and talk or for husbands to rest while their wives are shopping.”

Some of the featured crafts will include handmade lacy blouses for the ladies, hand-sewn by a woman from Montana, all kinds of unique jewelry including jewelry made from wire, and large handmade furniture items.

“It’s a great place to buy gifts for all occasions especially Mother’s Day and graduation which are coming up,” Cawthon said. “We’ve advertised in many of the crafters’ magazines.”

Cawthon said C.R.A.F.T. is a group of 35 area members who have banded together to keep the arts and crafts traditions alive.

“We will be offering a $200 shopping spree at the fair,” Cawthon said. “You register when you come in Saturday and the drawing will take place Saturday at 3 p.m. so the winner will have time to use the money to shop at the fair the rest of the weekend.” The shopping spree is offered in memory of Tricia Cawthon Harvey, a former member of C.R.A.F.T.”

Cawthon said arts and crafts items will sell for anywhere from 50 cents all the way up to $300 and more. Fair admission is free to the public.

Fair Facts
Where: Quay County Fair Barn at the fairgrounds
When: Saturday : 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Sunday: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Admission: Free