This Friday area crafters will have the opportunity to shop for homemade holiday favorites when the Tullahoma Kiwanis Club hosts its annual craft show.
This year’s craft show will take place from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Friday, Nov. 22 and from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 23 inside the Family Activity Center at the First United Methodist Church next to the Tullahoma Post Office.
The annual event was first conceived more than four decades ago by the Women’s Auxiliary Club, according to co-chairmen Jim Miller and John Fetty.
The two co-chairs told The News the Kiwanis took over after several years when the Auxiliary women wanted to focus their attention elsewhere. The Kiwanis was happy to do so, according to Fetty.
“Where they left off, we just picked it up,” Fetty said.
He and Miller have been the co-chairman of the craft show for “about eight years now,” according to Miller, and both love to see all the people come together and display their talents.
Miller said the “interaction with all the people” is always heartwarming.
“It’s amazing what these handmade crafts are, that people make them,” he said. “
The exact age of the craft show is unclear after all this time, according to Miller, but some of the best guesses put the age the show at around 53 years.
The show is also considered one of the longest-running craft shows in the area, beating out the Bell Buckle Arts & Crafts Festival held in October.
This year’s show will feature around 60 different vendors from the Middle Tennessee area and beyond offering handmade jewelry, pottery, Christmas wreaths and ornaments, wood products, baked goods, handmade quilts, baby clothes, salsas and preserves, personalized shirts and more.
Each of the vendors pays a small fee to the Kiwanis for booth rental, and those fees help the club with its mission to assist children in the community.
Locally, the Tullahoma Kiwanis sponsors youth service programs such as K-Kids in the city’s elementary schools, Builders Club in the middle schools and Key Club at Tullahoma High School. The group also assists other clubs, such as sponsoring Circle K Clubs at various post-secondary institutions.
The assistance provided by Tullahoma Kiwanis can come in the form of guidance, mentoring and assistance in schools’ service projects.
Some of the craft show’s proceeds will be used to help fund those programs, according to Miller.
Breakfast and lunch will be available for attendees, customers and crafters, Miller said. All proceeds from the event go toward funding the Kiwanis mission of helping children.
Parking will be available all around the church for those wishing to attend the craft show, Miller said.
Erin McCullough may be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.