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Craftmania returns to Heritage Elementary

Heritage Elementary School in Huntingdon is bringing back its popular Craftmania event on September 28 following a brief hiatus over the past few years.

“It is a nice community event,” says volunteer Natalie Wattie, who is organizing the arts and crafts fair with the Parent Participation Organization (PPO) at the school. She says it is always good to have another venue for local crafters, vendors, and producers, while pointing out that Craftmania was traditionally one of the first markets in the run up to the holidays. The hope is the craft show will also serve as an effective fundraiser for the school and future PPO activities.

Despite the proximity to Halloween, there is no specific theme for the fair, says Wattie. Over 35 vendors are expected, and visitors may find everything from last-minute Halloween decorations to early Christmas finds, as well as organic vegetables, a variety of sauces, baked goods, maple products, jewelry, wood signs, knitting, and much more. There will be a Scholastic book fair with plenty of options for younger and older readers. Visitors will also be able to grab lunch or a tasty snack.

Wattie says the PPO first began thinking about rebooting the craft fair last fall and started planning in the spring. Wattie says that as she was visiting other crafts fairs and shows for inspiration, “It was brought up a lot that Heritage used to have one.” She took this as a sign there was enough demand to give it a try.

She says the PPO is hoping to be able to bring the craft fair back as an annual event. “It brings people into the school,” she says, noting the administration is on board.

The fair will take place on October 28, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Heritage Elementary in Huntingdon. Vendors interested in reserving a table may contact Natalie Wattie before October 23 at 450-567-4855.

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