Users of the Carter County Arts and Crafts Pageant and Foods Truthful Committee rejoice 50 decades. Back row: Leasa Chandler, Angie Rowe, Julie Maher and Judith Schofield. Front row:Phyllis Turner, Kaye Seeliger and Barbara Swindell.

A booth selling homemade preserves and canned items.

A booth selling selfmade preserves and canned merchandise.

In 1985, the arena was opened up for booths. Today booths in the arena are the first to sell out because they offer larger spaces.

In 1985, the arena was opened up for booths. Nowadays booths in the arena are the very first to sell out for the reason that they supply larger spaces.

A booth selling hooded towels with popular characters.

A booth promoting hooded towels with preferred people.

Bright, colorful and eclectic crafted items.

Dazzling, vibrant and eclectic crafted objects.

A booth with a wide range of baked goods, preserves and handmade items.

A booth with a wide variety of baked goods, preserves and handmade products.

Booths such as this selling Christmas decorations are especially popular.

Booths this sort of as this marketing Xmas decorations are especially common.

The Carter County Arts and Crafts Pageant and Foods Honest will be returning to Hardy Murphy Coliseum subsequent weekend. This year’s function will be specifically festive as it will be celebrating its 50th year, and specific shows and decor will be set up to mark the event.

Festival Publicity Chair Kaye Seeliger explained she and Competition Chair Barbara Swindell have been a section of the celebration from the very commencing.

“Back again when the festival begun in 1972, things like craft festivals just ended up not going on. It was a completely new concept,” Seeliger stated. “People experienced just started out obtaining into crocheting, woodworking and making crafts back then, so they ended up with all of this things but no put to promote it. The Carter County Extension Homemakers had a household economist named Clara at the time, and she was the 1 who came up with the strategy of keeping a festival. Who would have considered that we might nevertheless be keeping it following all these many years?”

In the initial yr, 23 booths were established up in the south area of the coliseum, and it was a big results. Each year it ongoing to mature, and by 1976 all a few rooms within the coliseum were being filled with 136 booths. In 1985, the desire experienced grown so a great deal they opened up the arena and added one more 75 booths.

“The 1st year we invested in the arena there was no heat, but persons continue to loved it,” Seeliger claimed. “Now the arena is essentially our most well-known space, and it is marketed out to start with due to the fact it has greater spaces out there for the booths.”

Though the Extension Homemakers have always had a kitchen area at the occasion that sells do-it-yourself soups, beans and pies, the meals honest was additional in 1990 to aid feed the significant crowds. The food fair is now established up exterior the coliseum and a large assortment of reasonable foodstuff and food truck meals are accessible to anybody seeking to purchase a good meal or quick snack.

Seeliger explained quite a few little businesses have in fact bought their start at the festival.

“People get a booth for a couple many years, and it will be so common they make a decision to make a small business out of it,” she claimed. “I know that the Legacy Boutique in Lone Grove and Angel Delight each had booths with us before they opened up their stores.”

Seeliger stated the detail she has liked most about the competition above the years is looking at all the persons owning a very good time.

“We have a great deal of enjoyable encouraging folks, and the vendors are always so good,” she mentioned. “It’s so significantly enjoyable to see the people arrive out year following 12 months and run into good friends or aged mates and have a terrific time visiting with each other.”

The Carter County Arts and Crafts Festival will be at the Hardy Murphy Coliseum from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 12 and from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 13. Around 220 booths will be set up that contains crafted goods and decor, art operate, homemade foodstuff and preserves, and a large range of other things. Parking is $4 and will go to Carter County 4-H. Admission into the festival is no cost.

This posting originally appeared on The Everyday Ardmoreite: Holding it crafty: Carter County Arts and Crafts Festival celebrates 50 years

By Indana