Kicking off the holiday shopping season, Mistletoe Magic Arts and Craft Show a success

Wednesday, November 10, 2021
Mistletoe Magic Arts and Craft Show was held at Thayer High School on Saturday, Nov. 6 and Sunday, Nov. 7. The annual event raises funds for Thayer Beta Club.

This past weekend, many shopped local at the annual Mistletoe Magic Arts and Crafts Fair held on the Thayer High School campus, helping to make the event a success raising more than $2,500 for Thayer Beta Club.

Booths filled the Thayer High School gymnasium, spilling out into the hallway and outside. Throughout the weekend, members of Thayer Beta Club assisted vendors with various tasks helping to make the arts and crafts show an even more enjoyable experience.

Thayer Beta Club members went the extra mile, lending a hand to assist putting up and taking down booths, keeping areas clean of trash including bathrooms and even took food orders from vendors as well as delivering food to them, so they did not have to leave their booths.

Event coordinator Trena Spears expressed appreciation for the dedication of the club and its sponsors, Trudie Britton and April Mills.

“They do an amazing job every year with the kids and the kids are so grateful to the vendors,” said Spears, stating they are always grateful to be there and help.

“The vendors compliment them all the time and their feedback to me is always positive. They love coming to Mistletoe Magic, not so much for the number of sales they make, but for the hospitality. They are here year after year after year,” said Spears, stating next year’s event is already packed full of vendors with just one vendor from this year’s event not returning.

With the next event already full of vendors, this means solutions for space for the vendors will be needed. This has sparked the idea to feature mobile vendor units.

This new trend includes people utilizing mobile units for their custom work for things such as boutiques, shirt printing, stores, etc.

The arts and craft show was well attended on Saturday with “a big influx of people.” Sunday was slower but had a steady number of customers.

“Overall, the show went really well,” said Spears.

A large variety of craft items provided many selections to choose from for patrons. There was concern there would be some overlap. However, all items were unique and different.

The direct sales vendors had a wonderful weekend and are ecstatic to return next year.

Thayer FFA Alumni also participated in the event with a potato bar, which was a successful fundraiser for the organization.

“Overall, it was a good show. It’s always a fun show and it wouldn’t be the same without Thayer Beta Club and their sponsors. It is easy for me to put together the vendors and find the people to come but to keep people returning year after year, the hats are off to them [Thayer Beta Club] because without those kids, those vendors just said it wouldn’t be the same. They really enjoy that and don’t get that anywhere else,” said Spears.

“We appreciate everybody that came out vendor wise and patron wise because it was a successful weekend,” said Spears.

The next Mistletoe Magic Arts and Craft Show will be held on Saturday, Nov. 5 and Sunday, Nov. 6, 2022.

A new event page will be created on Facebook for Mistletoe Magic for additional information.

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