Crafts fair set for weekend

By Kevin Wilson: Quay County Sun

Twice a year, Tucumcari residents get together with visitors from out of town and out of state to celebrate crafts and companions.

Today and Sunday will see the Quay County Fairgrounds host the 34th annual Spring Craft Fair, a production of the CRAFT (Craftsmen, Rockhounds and Artists Fair at Tucumcari) Club of Tucumcari.

There is no admission to the fair, which runs 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. today and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday.

The fair is done twice a year, once in the spring and once in the fall. CRAFT Club President Rebecca Cawthon said the fall fair is usually bigger because people are usually making crafts for county fairs or starting on Christmas items.

For the weekend, there are 74 booths with various crafts.

“That’s a pretty good number for our spring fair,” Cawthon said. “Normally, we have more in the fall than we do in the spring.”

The booths can have many types of items, but one rule binds them all.

“One of the unique things is that every craft is hand-created by the crafters,” Cawthon said. “It’s strictly a hand-crafted fair.”

For that reason, crafters usually have to be imaginative in what they try to sell.

“It’s always fun to come out and see the new things everybody has dreamed up,” said Carole Keith, a club member. “It’s always good to get new craft ideas.”

Keith said she has a booth at the fair almost every year, and this weekend is no exception. This year, she plans to sell humorous signs and bracelets she made.

One year Keith remembers making “never go hungry bookends,” which were made with jars full of beans, peas and lentils, and a few years ago she was impressed with fish sculptures an out-of-town crafter had created using bleach bottles.

Cawthon said crafters come to the fair from Kansas, Colorado, Arkansas, Texas and other states.

“It’s pretty far-reaching as far as our vendors are concerned,” Cawthon said.

What Keith also likes about the fair is the tradition and social opportunity it provides.

“It’s an outlet for me to get out and see people I don’t always get the opportunity to (see otherwise),” Keith said.

Door prizes will also be given at the fair, including 10 gift certificates worth $20 each.