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GHS Craft Fair makes a comeback

The Gilford High School gym was one of several locations where crafters set up tables for the annual Gilford High School Holiday Craft Fair. (Photo by Erin Plummer) (click for larger version)
December 09, 2021
Visitors could shop for handmade holiday gifts for another year at the Gilford High School Holiday Craft Fair, where two school buildings became a hub for crafters and shoppers.

The craft fair has been a holiday tradition for over 40 years; after a year off because of the pandemic, the event came back on Saturday morning through afternoon. The Gilford Middle and High School buildings were open and crafters set up tables in hallways, both gyms, and the high school cafeteria. Shoppers could peruse different creations such as jewelry, fiber crafts, foods, soaps, candles, holiday decorations, glasswork, and so many more,

The fair is organized every year by the GHS senior class and is a major fundraiser for class activities.

Class co-advisor Meg Jenkins said a lot of people were happy to see their fair back this year.

"For many crafters, it was their first fair in two years, so the emotional piece was there for those who sold and those who bought," Jenkins said.

She said the numbers seemed to be down a little this year, but the fair was well attended overall. This year, they had more illness-related cancellations from vendors than any other year, which she was to be expected.

"We definitely got a lot of people than expected; it's definitely good to see people after COVID," said senior class treasurer Avery Marshall.

Overall, Jenkins said she heard from different crafters who said the day was a success.

Jenkins said a lot of visitors took prevention measures against the pandemic.

The school has a policy making masks optional and they weren't required at the fair, but Jenkins said she saw a lot of people wearing them during the event. While there is usually a big rush at the beginning of the fair, she said many visitors came at different times to thin out any potential crowds.

Members of the senior class put together 10 raffle baskets. Marshall said the senior class officers bought components and gave them to the classes to create different raffle baskets.

Each crafter also donated one of their items to be raffled off.

Different classes and student groups also sold food at the "food court" in the middle school cafeteria including the senior class' meatball subs, the French Club's pork pies, and baked goods from the eighth-grade class.

Every member of the senior class had to volunteer some time for the fair and could sign up for times to set up, take down, and volunteer during the event. Marshall said seniors had their last finals Friday morning. As soon as finals were done, the students were setting up for the fair and worked until around 8 p.m.

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