ALLEGANY — The Allegany Rec Center will host its fourth annual Christmas Fundraiser Craft and Vendor Event from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday.
Locals are invited to kick off their Christmas shopping with local vendors and crafters at the old Allegany High School, also known as the Fourth and Maple Complex.
Other activities include a Chinese auction, a bake sale and a visit from Santa himself, who will be available through much of the event to hear from children.
Christine Kriner, organizer of the show, said the funds raised will once again go toward playground equipment at the Allegany River Park on West Union Street.
“Normally we raise $800 to $1,000, but I really want to raise $1,200 this year,” she said.
And Kriner is well on her way — she said there’s been so much interest in this year’s event, she had to turn several applicants away after she filled the gym and hallway with more than 20 vendors.
“We’re packed with a large variety of things for people to shop for,” she added.
Also available will be handmade crafts from the children who benefit from the rec center’s after-school program, who made crafts on Monday to sell at the show. Proceeds from those crafts will go back to the center.
Other vendors include but are not limited to Livilu Boutique; Usborne Books; LuLaRoe; Tastefully Simple; Pure Romance; Homemade crafts by Sue & Paula; Lipsense; Pink Zebra; Paparazzi Jewelry; Perfectly Posh; EJ's Zoo; Angie's Needle and thread; Krispy Kritters Cancer Team; Simply Slates; Norwex; Happy Camper; Scentsy; Heads & Tails 4H group; Mary Kay; Passionately Geeky; Lemongrass Spa; Dawson; Peace love & dye; Girl Scout Troop 10054; Aunt Al's; Olean Bible Quizzes/ Sing ’n Sprout; Pampered Chef; Young Living Essential Oil; Blue Dragonfly Crafts; Crafty Cuzzins; Myrtle Country Crafts; Herbal Expressions; Karen's Creations; Color Street; and QW Crafts.
Kriner said she has organized the event since 2015, at which time the rec center hosted a summer and winter craft show. The following year, they switched to hosting only a Christmas event.
She said she does it “to help Allegany grow a little bit,” adding her two kids — a daughter in second grade girl and a son in kindergarten — have enjoyed helping her.
“My husband even works (at the rec center) now, so it’s kind of a family event,” she laughed.
For more information on the show, visit the Facebook event page at bit.ly/2qzRUlj.