Fall festivals are what October is made of. Apple cider, turning leaves and festivals bring out the best in us. At the end of the month, my eye always turns towards the holidays and I start to look for the best gift ideas. Craft fairs offer a unique opportunity to find those handmade and collectible items that can’t be found anywhere else.
This October 25th from 9 to 1 Trinity Lutheran Church in Auburn Illinois is hosting the 3rd annual event. I will be set up with my books at the event, but best of all I will have a chance to shop from the 25 some vendors there for my own Christmas stockings. Vendors include Paparazzi jewelry, Pampered Chef, Tastefully Simple, 31 Gifts, Scentsy, Wietfeldt Woodworking, This & That Crafts for missions, Avon Younique, Da-Bag, All’asta, Mary’s Creative Crafts, Origami Owl, It Works, Stuck on it vinyls, Pink Zebra, For Tails Only, Cake Pops and More, Caramels by Alicia and a variety of the children’s farm books Jane Aumann and I have written and a few of my fiction stories as well.
What makes events like this special is that it is not only a craft fair, but an event that will make the difference for a group of teens. Amy Barrington the coordinator of the event said, “Proceeds from the event go to the youth groups to help spread the word of God through mission and outreach as well as fund the expenses to the triennial LCMS National Youth Gathering. Our Youth Groups (junior high and high school) regularly take part in service projects, such as Do Something Day of Service, food drives, preparing food for the Ronald McDonald House, visiting shut ins and the residents of Eastland and Auburn Nursing and Rehabilitation Center. Held every 3 years, the LCMS Youth Gathering provides thousands of youth and adults the opportunity to come together as a community of God’s people to learn more about Jesus Christ, the Christian faith and their Lutheran identity. During the five days of the Gathering, youth spend time together in God’s word, worship, service and fellowship with others from across the synod. For more information about this event, log onto http://www.lcmsgathering.com/.”
The event also offers baked goods grilled items for lunch and activities for the kiddos. Located at 1201 West Jackson right off Highway 104, if you are looking for something fun, come shop and you will find some great items for a great cause, that is if I don’t beat you too it!
Fall only comes once a year, get out and enjoy!