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Even with the foreboding weather forecast for Memorial Day weekend, all but two of the registered crafters were able to make it to the ‘Chester Rotary Memorial Weekend Crafts Fair’.  The weather that did come in on Saturday afternoon did not deter the vendors or the crowd and an active and successful Sunday followed. Photo by Gregg Scott

Chester’s first crafts fair of the season

By Gregg Scott

Staff Writer

The Rotary Club of Chester has a long-time tradition of hosting the first spring craft fair, held in Chester Park on Memorial Day weekend (May 28-29). In some ways this event is a little different than some of those that follow later into summer. One difference is the weather they deal with and prepare for each year. Anyone that has been in Chester on Memorial Day weekend knows there is going to be rain, wind, snow or a combination thereof on at least one of the three days. This year was no different as gusty winds and an afternoon deluge of rain hit the park with a vengeance on Saturday around 4 o’clock.  Not to worry though, the returning vendors at this crafts fair are ready for this type of weather and even the newer folks have been warned and are prepared. Sunday the fair went on as smooth as silk. Speaking of the vendors brings up another unique quality of this gathering.  Each of the craftsmen and artisans displaying their wares are unique, original creations made by the vendors. No purchased for resale items are allowed. Event chairperson, Cheri McIntire, noted that both vendors and patrons had a great tome.

There are already folks checking out the myriad of original creations being offered as the Rotary Crafts fair opens on Sunday, May 29.  This is just one aisle of five that was sure to have something to catch your eye. Photo by Gregg Scott

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