The Elks-sponsored, all-day craft fair in Chester Park during the Fourth of July holiday celebrations hosted 59 crafters offering handcrafted merchandise. Over $13,000 was raised through vendor registration fees and the Elks breakfast. Photo submitted

Elks 4th of July craft fair

With a huge turnout by the community for the Elks-sponsored, all-day craft fair in Chester Park during the Fourth of July holiday celebrations, 59 crafters mostly from California offered handcrafted merchandise, including such items as birdhouses, handmade jewelry, wood products, quilts, photography, paintings, leather goods, home and garden decorations, and so much more.

There were also five booths made available for free to volunteer and nonprofit organizations as well as to the Chester wrestling team, which sold water bottles to make money in support of team events.

Elks Lodge members volunteered to serve barbecue food, hot dogs, Polish sausages, chips and potato salad, along with beer and wine to satisfy the appetites of attendees, while DJ Doug Cain played a variety of rock and contemporary music during the holiday event from the outdoor stage.

Earlier in the day of the fourth, a pancake breakfast was also served inside Lake Almanor Elks Lodge in Chester that raised additional monies for Elks’ programs.

Terry Parsons, Elks board member and chair of the craft fair, said organizers couldn’t have been any happier with the turnout, which raised just over $13,000 from vendor registration fees and from the pancake breakfast.

Money from the fundraiser will go back to the community in the form of Elks-sponsored programs, stated long-term Elks member Bill Mahaffey.