The Union Middle School PTO will hold its 35th Annual Art and Craft Show Saturday, November 9, and Sunday, November 10. The proceeds from this event benefit the school, students, and staff. There are more than 300 booths that will be filled with works of art, gifts for young and old, items that interest men and women, food booths of all descriptions, and very unusual artistic items. Shopping hours are Saturday from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. and new times on Sunday from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.
The PTO strives to have items that are handmade and that are suitable for the shoppers’ needs. All workers at the fair are volunteers including the students who help the crafters set up their booths and the teachers and staff who help run the operations,
This extravagant events transforms the school into a magical shopping arena. 25 classrooms host multiple craft booths. Along with the classrooms, crafters fill two gyms, the cafeteria, many hallways, and the walkways around the building.
This year’s wide variety of products range from pottery, wood items, jewelry, metal words, paintings and prints, dog treats, florals, herbs, candles, handmade cards, purses, ceramics, carved rings, furniture, musical tins, dough ornaments, clothing, dips, clocks, soup, cookies, pictures frames, wooden signs, magnetic jewelry, pet supplies, skin care, snowmen of all descriptions, toys, handmade soaps, spices, herbal products, stained glass, jelly and jam, books and journals, washer sets, lodge decor, lanterns, wooden name signs, and much more. Food items include cookies, kettle corn, salsa, fudge, potato rings, breads and desserts, barbecue sauce, chocolate pretzels, edible cookie dough, and roasted nuts. There will also be a full-service cafeteria staffed by the Union High School Band Boosters.
A shuttle bus will transfer visitors to the school from the various parking around the lake. The bus will circle about every 15-20 minutes. People can look for the shuttle stop signs and wait for a ride.
This event not only helps Union Middle School, but local businesses benefit from the huge crowds attending the fair. Restaurant owners always ask for dates are so that they have staff and supplies ready. The motels in the area book up and gas stations benefit too.
All the profits from this huge event stay with the staff and students at Union Middle School. the only way this is possible is by the generous donations of time and talent from teachers and students.
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