Autumn craft fair draws 800-plus attendees

MARYSVILLE — "Our show is a small but good one," said Maryke Burgess, manager of the Ken Baxter Community Center, whose 15th annual autumn craft fair nonetheless drew 22 vendors and more than 800 attendees Oct. 11.

Janet Sperry and Vicki Robinson check out the selection at the autumn craft fair.

MARYSVILLE — “Our show is a small but good one,” said Maryke Burgess, manager of the Ken Baxter Community Center, whose 15th annual autumn craft fair nonetheless drew 22 vendors and more than 800 attendees Oct. 11.

While Trudy Duggan came all the way from Monroe to showcase her “Trixie’s Treasures” knitted goods, vendors such as jeweler Liz Masonholder and Mandi Rupp of “Dragons Alley Creations” came from Marysville to contribute their handcrafted goods.

“Trudy is a crowd favorite,” Burgess said. “She sells seasonal flags, baked potato cookers, pillows, grocery sacks and more. People love to see her and buy her one-of-a-kind items.”

Burgess also cited the popularity of Masonholder’s rock and wire-wrapped art and jewelry, Arlington resident Cheryl Jensen’s custom-made Seahawks-themed jewelry, and the custom-made cards and photo books of Marysville’s Suzi Parks.

“Genevieve Geddis of Granite Falls makes very creative and festive tree skirts,” Burgess said. “Of our Marysville vendors, Cheri Wantola is a gifted and whimsical quilt artist, and Teri Mixell blew us away with her professional photography portraits.”

This year’s show included many new vendors this year, some of whom were first-time vendors at any event.

“Sometimes people show up all at once, but this year, we had a steady trickle of people coming in throughout the day,” Burgess said.

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