In Focus: Over 70 Craft Vendors Take Part In Annual Fall Festival

In Focus: Over 70 Craft Vendors Take Part In Annual Fall Festival


DIFFICULTIES.>>WE WILL HAVE THOSE AFTER THE IN FOCUS HERE.>>THAT’S NEWS TO ME.>>LET’S MOVE ON TO IN FOCUS.>>>CRAFT VENDORS SHOWCASED HANDMADE ITEMS DURING THE NINTH ANNUAL FALL FESTIVAL AT THE BELTRAMI COUNTY FAIRGROUNDS. FOR THIS WEEK’S IN FOCUS, MALAAK KHATTAB TELLS US ABOUT THE FESTIVAL AND THE YOUNGEST VENDOR AT THE EVENT.>>OVER 70 CRAFT VENDORS DISPLAYED THEIR PRODUCTS AT THE BELTRAMI COUNTY FAIRGROUNDS, PART OF THE NINTH ANNUAL FALL FESTIVAL. RIGHT NOW THERE’S TWO DIFFERENT BUILDINGS. ONE BUILDING IS DIRECT SALE, GETS THEM A CHANCE TO EXPLORE THE PRODUCTS AND SO THE PUBLIC KNOWS ABOUT IT AND THIS BUILDING IS ALL HAND CRAFTED >>THE FESTIVAL WAS FIRST ORGANIZED IN 2010 AS ON OUTDOOR EVENT THAT TOOK PLACE OUTSIDE OF BEMIDJI, BUT BECAUSE OF THE UNPREDICTABLE WEATHER, IT MADE IT DIFFICULT TO GET VENDORS TO TENTH — TO THE EVENT.>>MY DAUGHTER TOOK IT OVER AND BROUGHT IT IN HERE TO THE FAIRGROUND AND WE HAVE BEEN HERE FOR THREE YEARS NOW >>GLORIA COLLYARD SAYS THE EVENT HAS BEEN EXPANDING SINCE THEY STARTED. THIS YEAR THEY HAVE TAKEN UP TWO BUILDINGS AT THE FAIRGROUNDS TO ACCOMMODATE ALL THE VENDORS WHO DISPLAY THEIR HAND MADE CRAFT ITEMS. THE PURPOSE OF THE CRAFT FESTIVAL IS TO GIVE PEOPLE A PLATFORM TO SHOWCASE THEIR WORK THAT THEY ENJOY DOING.>>IT GIVES PEOPLE AN OPPORTUNITY TO TAKE WHAT THEY LOVE DOING AND SELL TO IT THE PUBLIC AND KEEP GOING IN THEIR AREA. IT’S NICE TO SEE WHAT OTHER PEOPLE IN THE COMMUNITY ARE DOING AND IT IS JUST FASCINATING TO SEE WHAT PEOPLE CAN CREATE ON THEIR OWN.>>A LOT OF VENDORS DISPLAYED THEIR HAND CRAFT JEWELRY, SOAP, WOODWORK, CLOTHES AND EVEN FACIAL BARS. ONE OF THE YOUNGEST VENDORS AT THE FESTIVAL WAS 8-YEAR-OLD COLE WHO SPECIALIZES IN MAKING BREAD BOARDS. HE’S BEEN MAKING HAND MADE BREAD BOARDS FOR THREE YEARS.>>WE TAKE STRIPS OF WOOD THAT WE CUT IN THE SHOP, WE TAKE SEVEN OAK AND ONE WALNUT AND GLUE THEM TOGETHER AND CLAMP THEM. ONCE THEY ARE DRY, WE SAND THEM DOWN AND PUT ON A MINERAL OIL FOR THE FINISH. AND THEN WE HAVE THE FINISHED BREAD BOARD.>>THE BOARDS COME IN DIFFERENT SIZES RANGING FROM SHORT TO LONG.>>THE SHORT BOARDS ARE SMALLER AND THEY DON’T HAVE THE HANDLES ON THEM.>>UH-HUH.>>AND THE LONG BOARDS HAVE THE HANDLES.>>COLE SAYS HE ENJOYS MEETING WITH PEOPLE AND TALKING TO THEM. THIS TAKES PLACE IN THE LAST

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