Hebron PTA sponsors first Hometown Holiday Craft and Community Fair

By Melanie Savage - Staff Writer
Hebron - posted Mon., Dec. 16, 2013
Eighth-grade student Sarah is all decked out to perform with the chorus at the Hebron PTA's first Hometown Holiday Craft and Community Fair on Dec. 14. Photos by Melanie Savage.
Eighth-grade student Sarah is all decked out to perform with the chorus at the Hebron PTA's first Hometown Holiday Craft and Community Fair on Dec. 14. Photos by Melanie Savage.

This year marked the first of many Hebron PTA Hometown Holiday Craft and Community Fairs - or at least that’s the intent of the event’s organizers.

“We wanted to have a community event that would draw in all people,” said organizer Christa Goodwin-Babka. There were more than 40 vendors booked at the fair, which overflowed both the gymnasium and the cafeteria at Hebron Elementary School. More than 15 community groups were scheduled to participate, including churches, the music boosters, and various local Girl Scout troops.

There were only a few cancellations due to snow, said Goodwin-Babka. Dec. 14, the day of the fair, dawned with light snow already falling, and event participants were keeping their fingers crossed that forecasters’ predictions would hold true; the forecast called for the heaviest snow, followed by freezing rain, to begin after dark.

Bands and choruses from local schools, ranging in age from first grade through high school, were scheduled to perform throughout the day. There were children’s activities, including face-painting, a nail table and crafts. And for vendors, the focus was on the homespun. “We really wanted to have a show that featured hand-made items,” said Goodwin-Babka, noting that approximately 90 percent of the items offered for sale had been crafted by hand. Vendors came from as far away as Massachusetts.

There are definitely plans to repeat the event. “We’ll be starting right away to plan the next fair,” said Goodwin-Babka.


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