IRON MOUNTAIN - Thousands are expected to attend the 7th Annual Daily News Big Holiday Craft Show being held on Saturday, Nov. 3, at Bay West Campus in Iron Mountain.
Admission is free, and the event runs from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Door prizes will be drawn every 15 minutes, and winners do not need to be present to win.
Dr. Patrick Kennedy, left, vice president at Bay West College in Iron Mountain, is shown with Daily News Newspapers in Education Coordinator Christopher Ashburn. The 7th Annual Daily News Big Holiday Craft Show will be held at Bay West College on Saturday, Nov. 3.
Sponsored by The Daily News Newspapers In Education (N.I.E.) program, the Big Holiday Craft Show started in 2006 and has gained significant popularity among both local community members and members of surrounding communities.
Newspapers in Education Coordinator Christopher Ashburn said the craft show is known as one of the biggest in the area, and is home to an array of handcrafted items, including hand-carved woodcrafts, knitted/crocheted items, homemade jewelry, and homemade foods.
This event will provide many crafters from the Midwest an opportunity to showcase their items.
Booths are still available, Ashburn said.
Concessions will be available through Phi Theta Kappa, Bay College West's recognized academic honors association.
Additional parking is being made available at Systems Control off of Trader's Mine road behind the First National Bank of Norway, Iron Mountain. Free shuttle service will be provided from the parking lot to Bay, courtesy of Gold Star Tours.
Community members are encouraged to support the local businesses and crafters, as well as take part in enjoying a day of fun activity.
The Big Holiday Craft Show is a fund-raising event that benefits NIE, a non-profit program dedicated to providing area schools with newspapers that assist teachers and other educators.
NIE also provides teachers guides, which include a variety of ways the newspaper can be utilized in the classroom.
N.I.E. is funded solely through fund-raising events, local business sponsors, and generous subscribers.
"Newspapers are important to our local schools because they provide a way for students to see what is happening in their world on a very personal, local level," Ashburn said. "They can use these newspapers for current events, for history lessons; basically any study of human social life. The newspapers act as a 'living textbook' so to speak, something that is constantly being updated and is always factual."
To learn more about the Big Holiday Craft Show or to become a sponsor of Newspapers In Education, contact Christopher Ashburn at 774-2772 Ext. 17.