By: Carol Beck-Round | Category: In Our Communities | Issue: April 2013
Eastern Hills Baptist Church is gearing up for their 2nd Annual Spring Craft Show on April 13. From left: Trista Hill, Dawna Church, Dixie Hill, Sharon Tallman and Pastor Philip Tallman. The church is located one mile north of Will Rogers Downs in Claremore.
Handcrafted soaps and body products, woodcraft products, boutique items and home décor, along with other items will be available at the 2nd Annual Spring Craft Show hosted by Eastern Hills Baptist Church on Saturday, April 13. Located one mile north of Will Rogers Downs in Claremore, the doors will open at 9 a.m. Door prizes will be given away every 15 minutes until the end of the show at 3 p.m. Admission is free.
“We are excited about this year’s event,” says Trista Hill, event organizer. “We had been hosting a fall craft fair for several years when people started asking why we didn’t have one in the spring. I thought, ‘Why not give it a try?’”
Both events have been a hit and the venue continues to grow each year with more vendors as well as participants. “Our vendor list fills up fast and we usually have a waiting list,” she adds. “The crowd continues to grow each year too.”
Twenty indoor vendor spaces fill up fast. “We have returning vendors as well as returning customers,” she says. “We have created a good following,” says Hill.
A mix of commercial and handcrafting vendors will be on site this year again, including Celebrating Home, the largest direct seller of home decorating and entertaining products in the U.S.
Other vendors who have already signed up for this year’s popular event include Prairie Princess, a line of handcrafted soaps, body scrubs, lotions and other body products.
Back Forty, a business creator of wooden products, including tea light candle holders, will be also be back again this year. “Their products are absolutely amazing,” Hill adds.
For women who like bling, there will be several vendors offering jewelry, purses, clothing and other accessories in their boutique booths. Some of the jewelry is handcrafted, including personalized, stamped pendants, key chains and rings.
“We also have a vendor who has a line of baby boutique items, including embroidered items, all hand-crafted,” she adds.
In addition to these booths, one vendor will be offering Survivor bracelets. Made from parachute cord material, the bracelets are sold by the vendor to raise money for mission groups.
Each vendor will be donating an item from his/her booth as part of the door prizes to be given away every 15 minutes. “Participants can put their name in for the drawings at the individual booths,” Hill says. “That also helps the vendor because it draws people to their booth.” After each drawing, the names are dumped and new ones are added. “This encourages people to stay and have a good time. They think, ‘It’s only 15 minutes, so I’ll stay and put my name in for the next drawing.’”
Concessions, run by the church youth, will offer lunch as well as home baked goodies during the six-hour event. All profits from the concession stand help fund summer camp at Falls Creek. Proceeds from booth rentals benefit the church. “We have used the proceeds in the past to help fund a mission trip, to help purchase a church van as well as splitting the proceeds between the youth and children’s departments for their needs,” says Hill.
Booth space is still available. Cost is $30 for the 8’ x 5’ space with one eight-foot table provided for the vendor. The vendor can bring in extra tables. Deadline for signing up is April 10. For more information, contact Hill at (918) 740-6973, email her at eat0@eau0eav0eaw0 or go to the church website to download an entry form at www.ehbcclaremore.com.
After 30 years in public school education, Carol Round retired and moved from Grand Lake to Claremore, Oklahoma in 2005, where she writes a weekly faith-based column which runs in 14 Oklahoma newspapers as well as several national and international publications. Three volumes of her columns have been compiled into collections: A Matter of Faith, Faith Matters and by FAITH alone. She has also written Journaling with Jesus: How to Draw Closer to God and a companion workbook, The 40-Day Challenge. This past year she has written three children’s books, a series called Nana’s 3 Jars, to teach children about the value of giving, saving and spending money. All of Carol’s books are available through Amazon. In addition to writing her weekly column, authoring books and speaking to women’s groups, she writes for Value News. She also blogs regularly at www.carolaround.com. When she is not writing or speaking, she loves spending time with her three grandchildren, working in her flowerbeds, shooting photos, volunteering at her church or going on mission trips overseas, and hiking. She is also an avid reader and loves working crosswords and trying to solve Sudoku puzzles.