Craft fair

People browse the vendors at the 2017 craft fair at St. Albert the Great Catholic Church. The event features over 60 vendors with a wide variety of jewelry, decor and more available.

St. Albert the Great Catholic Church’s annual craft fair will be taking place at the church on Nov. 17 and people will have a chance to browse more than 60 vendors, pick up some seasonal gifts and grab breakfast and lunch along the way.

The event will continue to feature popular vendors from the past selling items from scarves to jewelry, jams and jellies as well as the living evergreen wreaths, which Ann Maastricht, outreach and special events coordinator, said have sold out within a few hours.

“I think it’s a nice way where local entrepreneurs have an opportunity to sell their items,” Maastricht said. “It’s a great way for people to shop and get out and do something socially but also support local entrepreneurs.”

Back by popular demand, Maastricht said they will have sweet rolls available again with their breakfast offerings. The craft fair will also have a homemade lunch with chili, BBQ, hot dogs and cornbread.

There are also a number of new vendors that will be featured at the event this year. Maastricht said St. Albert’s craft fair will have people selling items ranging from hand-painted saw blades to home and garden decor, carseat ponchos and more.

Maastricht said they had a large number of requests to be in this craft fair but had to deny many due to a lack of space. She said this has allowed the church to be more selective, which provides a better experience for both parties.

“We’re really trying to spread out the different things sold, which is great for the people coming and it’s great for the vendors because then they know they’re the only vendor coming or one of two or three vendors selling what they have,” Maastricht said. “It creates great opportunities for everybody.”

The craft fair has two booths that support local and international charities as well. The church sponsors a Haiti booth where all proceeds will go to a school they sponsor in Haiti that pays for the teacher’s salaries and school lunches. There is also another booth run by Hosea’s Hearts that supports young girls in Swaziland to help them escape sexual abuse.

Part of the church’s proceeds will be going to local outreach programs to support the local food pantry, pregnancy helpline and Home Mission Fund, which helps Sun Prairie families with rent and utility assistance and is solely funded by public and private donations.

The Home Mission Fund has recently ran out of funds but Maastricht said the church has consistently supported the fund over the years and “wants to see them keep going.” The booths have averaged around $6,000 in proceeds in previous years.

Whether it is to support a good cause, get a jump on Christmas shopping or to “get out with girlfriends,” Maastricht said this will be a fun, upbeat day everyone can enjoy.

The craft fair is free and runs from 8:30 a.m.-2 p.m. Nov. 17 at St. Albert the Great Catholic Church, 2420 Saint Albert the Great Dr. Lunch will be available from 11 a.m.-1 p.m.

Other craft fairs

Burke Lutheran Church, 5720 Portage Rd., will have their craft and bake sale (including homemade lefse) 8 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 10. Sandwich plates will be available all day, which includes BBQ or hot dog, chips, pickle spear, cookie and coffee or lemonade. Cost is $4 for adults $2 for children 7-12 and free for six and under.

Focus Church, 411 N. Thompson Rd., will have their free vendor and craft fair 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 10. Over 40 vendors and crafters will be there with food and drinks available for purchase. All proceeds from raffles and concessions are going toward a group from Focus Church heading to Guatemala in April of 2019 to help build a library at a school.

Bristol Lutheran Church, located at 6835 Hwy. N, will host its 19th annual Holiday Arts and Crafts Show from 9 a.m.-3 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 10. Tammy Weiss, coordinator of the event, expects the show to be unique because crafters from various parts of Wisconsin and other states will be selling items that include doll clothing, rosemaling, paper crafts, interactive photo albums and more. The show features concessions including homemade goods. A $1 donation or one food item is requested for admission, with all items delivered to the Sun Prairie Emergency Food Pantry. Questions can be directed to Weiss at 837-4898.

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