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Vendors Day Fair to attract farmers, crafters

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By Pickrell Kayla

 

The first annual Vendors Day Fair will include Kentucky Proud locals showcasing handmade and homemade items.
The event will be Saturday at the Flat Run Veterans Park Pavilion from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. It is hosted by the Harrison County Farmers’ Market and Harrison County Farm Bureau.
The usual Saturday farmer’s market will take place on schedule during Vendor Fair Day.
The event was originally supposed to have approximately 75 vendors present, but because of time conflicts, there will be less.
Vickie Fryman, member of the Harrison County Farmers’ Market,  said a similar event last September brought about 40 vendors, and was primarily an arts and crafts fair.
“The place was packed,” Fryman said.
For vendors to participate, there are regulations to follow; some of which include: everything must be handmade or homemade, food vendors have to cook everything on-site, and there is a $50 vendor fee.
The fee includes two meal tickets for vendors that can go toward a full meal at the Broken Arrow BBQ booth.
The Vendor Fair Day has the potential to have two vendors per square at the Pavilion, Fryman said.
Kattleman’s Kreek will be making steaks and there will be fresh corn on the cob grilled.
“It’s fantastic food, you can’t beat it,” Fryman said. It’s top quality.
“We’ll also have ice cold Ale-8-One that was donated to us.”
The event is free to the public, and the food vendors will be supplying to visitors as well.
There have been numerous vendors to agree to attend Vendor Fair Day. Some include: Kattleman’s Kreek, Broken Arrow BBQ, Burdens Farms, EB Naturals, Peg’s Pantry, Spot’s Gelatos and JJ’s Sweet Shop.
“We have a lot of people in the area who do arts and crafts as a hobby,” Fryman said. “This is a way to showcase that local talent.”
In the past, vendors have brought in handmade items such as hand-crocheted rugs, goats milk soap and horse hair jewelry.
Fryman said she is hoping to have another craft show in September, but also continue Vendor Fair Day each year.
She said locals don’t have to go to Lexington to receive fresh vegetables and homemade items.
“It’s a way to let our community know that we have skills and talent in our own backyard,” Fryman said.