GREENBRIER — The sixth annual Arts and Crafts Fair held at the Greenbrier City Event Center drew quite a large crowd, and officials say the quality of vendors played a large role.
Shellie O’Quinn, city event director, said, "We had the best stuff this year that we’ve ever had, and over half of them are doing their crafts while people can watch. Over 50 percent of our vendors are exhibiting hand-made goods."
Greenbrier’s annual show has become known for a place to find bargains for early Christmas shopping.
Almost 30 vendors crowded the gymnasium floor of the City Event Center, while spectators were able to not only buy, but participate in the booths. Children could draw their own picture using tempera paints or play in the bounce house in the shape of a dinosaur outside while parents shopped. And there were plenty of items to shop. Hand-made aprons, canned jams and jellies from locally grown fruits, home-made baked items, cheese, glass fired jewelry, precious stones, craft supplies, mahogany model vehicles, paintings, florals and hand-sewn children’s garments were some of the featured items.
Omerine Daley of Greenbrier exhibited her hand-carved gourds that were grown by her, as well as her cheddar and Colby cheeses made under the label, Honeysuckle Lane. She said, "Our cheeses are also sold at the Hendrix Village market and the Farmer’s markets, as well as many other locations around town. We pride ourselves in using locally grown items."
Roberta Coyne of Conway was also giving samples of her new breads and was pleased to tell about her new store opening in Conway Oct. 5 called Main Street Bakery. They also feature locally grown items used in their seasonal breads, pies, cupcakes and candies.
Zucchini bread and apples are featured this fall, and their candies for Christmas will be a feature. Coyne said, "The idea is to bring local product to Conway and the surrounding area."
Their new store at 1022 Main St. will also include Maria’s Country Fare jams and jellies, as well as Honeysuckle Lane cheese.
While the Jazz Cats trio played swing and Dixie music for spectators’ enjoyment, face painting was offered by artist, Karen Samuhel. Door prizes were also given. Many of the Greenbrier vendors plan to also be at the ArtsFest in downtown Conway starting Tuesday.