Local artisan Sue Gallion shows off one of her unique crocheted hats. She'll bring a selection of them to the 20th annual Christmas in the Rockies holiday market Saturday.
- Saturday, December 8, 2007, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
- Strawberry Park Elementary School, P.O. Box 774368, Steamboat Springs
/ Free - $1
Steamboat Springs For the 20th annual Christmas in the Rockies craft fair, Marion Kahn predicts the gym at Strawberry Park Elementary School will be "jammed" with craft enthusiasts and holiday shoppers.
Kahn, the executive director of the Steamboat Springs Arts Council, said 55 vendors will bring jewelry, clothing, greeting cards, holiday decorations, clothing, food and more to this year's market, which runs from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday. The event is a fundraiser for the Arts Council.
"It's just a huge variety," Kahn said. "This fair has become a Steamboat tradition because there are new items and returning vendors."
Local artist Sue Gallion said she is bringing a collection of crocheted hats to the market for the third time, and hopes to have enough headwear for her returning customers who "come back each year and want another one."
"They sell out very quickly - like in an hour and a half after the market starts," Gallion said.
Gallion said she devotes most of her time to art, and has fiber works featured at the Artists' Gallery of Steamboat.
"I kind of do it more often than not. Now that I'm retired, I can do it whenever I feel like it, which is most of the time," she said.
Each hat, made of yarn and embellished, is one of a kind, Gallion said. She hopes to sell out as quickly this year as she did at the last Christmas in the Rockies market.
Kahn said most of the vendors are local, and all of them are from Colorado. Wendy Moreau of Yampa will sell handmade carved Aspen lamps and cutting boards; Clemens Stack of Kremmling will have wine stoppers made from antlers; and Sunny Breeze Farms of Craig will bring its homemade sheep's milk cheese and soaps.
In addition to a variety of products, the market also features live music throughout the day - Mary Martin Stockdale will play holiday piano songs from 10 a.m. to noon, Emerald City Opera carolers will perform from 12:30 to 1:30 p.m., and Andy Pratt will play piano from 1:30 to 2:30 p.m. Pictures with Santa will be available from 10 a.m. to noon.
"It's a really fun holiday event, you can finish your holiday shopping there, but also have a good time," Kahn said.