GIFTS GALORE: At the Dairy Barn

Annual Fort Mill crafts fair means Christmas is around the corner

Jenny OvermanNovember 25, 2008 

Craft vendors will set up shop this weekend at the Winter Wonderland Craft Show at the Dairy Barn. Vendors from all over the area will sell their handmade items, ranging from pottery and jewelry to Christmas wreaths and fine art prints. A candy cane hunt, led by Santa Claus himself, will be held at noon.


The Winter Wonderland Craft Show returns Saturday with more than 38 vendors expected to set up shop in the Dairy Barn at the Anne Springs Close Greenway with 20 more scheduled to set up on the grounds outside.

Vendors will be coming from all over the Charlotte metro area, according to Linda Henson of the Leroy Springs Recreation Complex. All items at the show will be handmade, she added.

Several Fort Mill residents are participating in the show, including: Linda Parker, who will be selling her handmade jewelry; Raymond Overman, a wood turner; Robin Frame, who makes Christmas ornaments; and chocolates by Epiphany Chocolatiers.

Parker, a Fort Mill resident, said she decided to join the show this year because it always draws a good crowd. She's excited about showing her handcrafted jewelry alongside the other handmade items. She said she hopes her prices and unique style will help draw customers.

"I try to make everything affordable because it's fashion jewelry. It's fun," Parker said. "It's not like you'll see everywhere else."

New this year will be a Lancaster resident selling hand-woven baskets.

"They are just gorgeous and we're so excited about her being there," Henson said.

Many vendors are returning from last year, including embroidery by Sew Busy Embroidery of Rock Hill and Hidden Acres dip and dessert mixes. Other items for sale will include painted ceramics, crocheted doll clothes and pottery.

Admission to the craft show is free.

Santa will visit the Winter Wonderland Craft Show at 10 a.m. and be available for pictures.

At noon, Santa will lead children out of the Dairy Barn on a candy cane hunt. Tickets for the candy cane hunt cost $3 per child.

This is the ninth year of the event, Henson said. Each year, the Winter Wonderland Craft Show draws more people. Last year, nearly 400 people attended the show and Henson said she hopes to see at least that many again this year.

"It just keeps growing every year," Henson said.

Want to go?

The Winter Wonderland Craft Show returns Saturday with more than 50 vendors.

• What: The area's largest craft show, held during the weekend after Thanksgiving each year.

• Where: The Anne Springs Close Greenway Dairy Barn and surrounding grounds.

• When: All day Saturday, Nov. 29.

• How much: Free admission to the craft show; candy cane hunt for kids, $3 per child.

• What else: Santa Claus will visit and take pictures with kids at 10 a.m., and lead kids on the candy cane hunt at noon.

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