Holly Fest dazzles again
Holly Fest is an annual event that has been going on for 35 years in Hilliard. Every year, over 100 vendors gather at Davidson High School during the first weekend in December. They also have baked goods for sale at the door, with all of the money going towards the Davidson Athletic Boosters. Over 100 volunteers help every year to make sure set up and teardown go easily along with admissions.
In past years, more than 5,000 people were at the show eager to try and find Christmas gifts and decorations. There were vendors lining the whole gym and fieldhouse, and it often becomes hard to walk through because of how many people are attending the craft show.
In past years there has been vendors selling things from Christmas decorations, to clothes for dolls. There is one vendor who sells ornaments and stocking stuffers that has been coming to Holly Fest for 25 years. Every year the community shows up and helps support the all of the local vendors who are selling things.
Anyone who wants to be a vendor must send in their application before the deadline. Vendors are then selected through a jury. Someone who might be interested in selling their crafts at Holly Fest can find the application on the Hilliard Chamber website. Any other information needed can be found on the Facebook page for Holly Fest.
Libby Gierach, president and CEO of the Hilliard Chamber of Commerce, has helped Holly Fest run smoothly for many years.
“[The key is] Planning! To have a successful event all the preparation in advance makes the event run like a well oiled machine,” Gierach explained. “Having a timeline with all the deadlines mapped out makes it easier to follow through with making sure everything is done in the appropriate timeframe. Of course, flexibility is also a key as there are always surprises that you need to address!” Holly Fest is always a popular destination on the first Saturday in December. Many people hope it will still be going on for years in the future.