Craft fair helps to raise money for skatepark

For the Rossland Skatepark committee the annual Homespun Christmas Craft Fair was a great opportunity to help make the fair happen.

The Homespun Christmas Craft Fair was held on Saturday in at the Prestige. Paul and Chris Marit

For the Rossland Skatepark committee the annual Homespun Christmas Craft Fair was a great opportunity to help make the fair happen, while also fundraising for the skate park.

Aaron Cosbey, who is a member of the skatepark board, said the even was a huge success. He estimates they had 1,000 people visit the craft fair.

“It’s always a popular fair, it’s one of the more popular ones in the district I think,” he said. “We had a lot of people come up after doing the Trail fair.”

He said the vendors seemed like they were happy with the fair.

“They had a good day and we had a good day, so it was all good,” he said, adding that they had a waiting list of 20 vendors. There were 40 artisans selling there goods at the fair.

“It’s for vendors all over the Kootenays,” he said. “We had them from Crawford Bay, Grand Forks, Castlegar, all over the place.”

The vendors were selling a wide variety of items, such as pottery, paintings, jewelry and edibles.

The craft fair is set apart from other fairs in the area in that everything that vendors sell has to be homemade and handmade.

The fair is an annual event which United Way has traditionally run, but Cosbey said this year they asked the Rossland Skatepark Association to run it for them.

“They just don’t have the man-power to do it,” he said.

The craft fair was a big fundraiser this year for the Rossland skatepark and Cosbey said the initial reports are that they are well on their way to raising the funds to put toward the skatepark.


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