Yampa Arts and Crafts fair is Saturday
November 19, 2010
Steamboat Springs — Thirty years ago, the Yampa Arts and Crafts fair began as a showcase for a couple of ladies in a hair salon.
This year, there will be 75 vendor booths and artisans from across the state descending on South Routt Elementary School on Saturday.
Organizer Nita Naugle said the booths are sold out to crafters from across Routt County as well as Montrose, Sterling, Grand Junction and Craig.
"We have everything from the professional artist to the neighbor next door who just does it has a hobby and has beautiful things," she said.
Naugle said this is the only show of the year for many of the crafters.
"You're not able to get what they have anywhere else," she said.
The fair takes over the school from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, and proceeds from booth sales go to charitable projects such as the Christmas Wishes program and a girls home in Denver. Craig charity Local INC will distribute coats at the fair.
Helen Rudeen said she is one of the presenters who shows her work only at the Yampa fair — and she's been working the fair for 25 years.
Rudeen said she has been selling spices, vanilla and crafts, or organizing the fair, for all those years because it has developed a reputation in the region.
"It's been going on for 30 years, so people know that it's there," she said.
This year, Rudeen will sell crochet doilies.
Naugle said other artists will feature woodwork, leather crafts, paintings, sewing, handbags, knitting and even yarn.
"We have a little bit of everything," she said.