Darby Craft Fair provides inspiration and support for many

For many, it’s hard to pass up a chance to support local businesses, while also contributing to a student’s education. The athletic boosters seemed to find the perfect balance between these two in the form of the Darby Craft Fair. Booths full of scarves, Christmas decorations, and jewelry filled the main gymnasium on Saturday, November 11th. From 9 to 3 anyone was able to browse and buy from the 59 vendors. Along with small local businesses, there were many cash and carry booths of popular companies like Thirty One and Lularoe.

  The proceeds gained from the morning go towards the ten scholarships boosters give out to athletes at the end of the year. These scholarships are a blessing to students as they are about to start their college career. Because of this students were not charged an entrance fee, but it was only two dollars for adults and one dollar for seniors. The boosters also sold official panther merchandise and baked goods in front of the gymnasium.

  This was the fifth year of the craft fair and included vendors like Emily Kerr, who graduated Darby in 2015 and sold homemade signs. Our Blended Blessings LLC also made an appearance, and her homemade sports themed snowmen are always a huge hit at the fair.

  The craft fair is just one of many projects the boosters do throughout the year. Lori Miller, the president of the athletic boosters, along with the craft fair, helps with concession, mulch sale, and the purchase of the liberty bell.

  “The craft fair provides a unique shopping opportunity, for the 900+ in attendance, to shop for handmade and sometimes one-of-a-kind gifts and products,” Miller elaborated, “It gives small businesses from around central Ohio a venue to present their goods and services to the community.”

  Whether one was searching for the perfect Christmas decoration or gaining inspiration for their next DIY, the craft fair was a hit.

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