By: Duane Blankenship | Category: In Our Communities | Issue: September 2007
Theresa Fleming, Naomi Medlock and Laurann Farris are the backbone of the annual Heart of Broken Arrow Arts and Crafts Fair.
The Broken Arrow Main Street Merchant Association will host its annual Heart of Broken Arrow Arts and Crafts Fair on Saturday, September 22. The fair will be held at the Central Park Community Center at 1500 S. Main St. in Broken Arrow from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. The event is not new to Broken Arrow, as the association has sponsored the arts, crafts and antiques event for over 14 years.
This year’s production will feature approximately 75 booths by vendors from Broken Arrow and surrounding communities. Admission is free. Hourly drawings for door prizes will take place, and participants do not have to be present to win. Most items that will be exhibited at the fair are handcrafted.
Just some of the items and categories to be featured at this year’s show include: golf items, woven lawn chairs with sports logos, clothing, educational toys, quilted items and doll clothes. There will also be driftwood art, jewelry, flags, yard art, paintings and art supplies. Attendees will also see pottery and clay items, handmade purses, homemade candles, all sorts of seasonal décor and ornaments. The show is not just for ladies either. There will also be “guy items” for sale and displays that are sure to be enjoyable.
The Blue Star Mothers of Broken Arrow will host the concessions sold at the event. In addition, the organization will have a booth to collect items to ship to active members of the United States Armed Services who are serving our country overseas. Suggested items to bring to the show for donation include: white crew socks, disposable razors, toothbrushes, dental floss, ink pens, assorted greeting cards with envelopes, cough drops, unscented deodorant, hand sanitizer and various canned food items. Monetary donations for shipping are also appreciated as the cost to ship one box is $8.95. The mothers and those serving in the military will appreciate your help.
Naomi Medlock and Laurann Farris display some of the items to be featured in the Heart of Broken Arrow Arts and Crafts Fair on September 22.
The F&G Railroad will also be featured at the Broken Arrow Arts and Crafts Show. The 22-foot by 32-foot, modular, G-scale layout will display very large trains. Owners Vern and Vernon Guess travel to 12 or more shows each year in Oklahoma, Arkansas, Kansas and other states to display their model railroads.
Ken Sorrels, owner of Ken’s Krafts, will also be on hand at the event with his handcrafted timber characters. Some of which include fishermen, hunters, golfers, NASCAR drivers, University of Oklahoma and Oklahoma State University figures and more.
Sarah McKnight, a middle school student, will be featuring Sara’s Seasonals. Her inventory, which features packaged, prepared soups, sold out at last year’s show.
Proceeds from booth rentals at Broken Arrow Arts and Crafts Show support the Broken Arrow Main Street Merchant Association’s holiday lighting projects. The projects span from 71st to 91st Streets each year, bringing holiday joy to passersby. The show is also sponsored by Broken Arrow Parks and Recreation.
It is not too late to get involved in this year’s event! Vendor booths are $45 and can be arranged until the fair’s start.
Gather up the family and join your friends, neighbors and residents of surrounding communities for this fun-filled, arts and crafts favorite. For more information about the event or for a complete list of items to donate to the Blue Star Mothers of Broken Arrow, call Laurann Farris at (918) 251-1591 or Naomi Medlock at (918) 251-7446. The event will have something for the whole family.
Blankenship graduated from the University of Oklahoma and has enjoyed a lifetime career in advertising. He started his own advertising business in 1993 and enjoys creating graphic art and writing. Hobbies include hunting, fishing and pencil drawings. Duane and his wife, Janice, have been married over 50 years and are active in their church and community. He has been a contributing writer for Value News/Values Magazine since 2005.