IRON MOUNTAIN - Thousands are again expected to attend the 8th Annual Daily News Newspapers In Education Big Holiday Arts, Crafts, and Gift Fair being held on Saturday, Nov. 2, now at the old Goodwill building 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.
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Crafter Roberta Zemba shakes hands with Daily News Newspapers In Education Coordinator Christopher Ashburn. Zemba has participated in annual Daily News Newspapers In Education Big Holiday Arts, Crafts, and Gift Fair for the past several years. This year’s show is this Saturday.
Sponsored by The Daily News Newspapers In Education (N.I.E.) program, the Big Holiday Arts, Crafts, and Gift Fair started in 2006 and has gained significant popularity among local community members, and even participants from as far as Illinois and Indiana.
Newspapers In Education Coordinator Christopher Ashburn said the craft show is known as one of the Upper Peninsula's biggest, and is home to an array of items and services, including photography, handcrafted/homemade items, event planning, jewelry, homemade foods, wood crafts, and more.
This event will provide many crafters and vendors from the Midwest a great opportunity to showcase their products and services.
Limited booth space is still available, Ashburn said.
"We also have a great new promotion this year to help raise money for N.I.E.," says Ashburn.
"We will be selling keys throughout the craft show this year," he said.
"One key will be $3 and four keys will be $10. At 2 p.m., we will be allowing anyone who has bought a key to come to our booth and see if your key unlocks our treasure chest, containing $100 in Tadych's Econo Foods Gift Cards," he said.
"Keys will only be accepted from 2 p.m. until the end of the show at 3 p.m., so act fast. No keys will be accepted after 3 p.m. sharp," he said.
Concessions will be available through Casual to Gourmet Catering.
Community members are encouraged to come 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."