Handmade crafts and gift items will fill Sterl Hall Dec 3 for the 41st annual Christmas Gift Show in Abilene. Admission is free for the 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. festival.
“Craftsmen and vendors from across the state will bring quality items to the show for your Christmas shopping,” coordinator June DeWeese said. “Exhibitors will display quilts, woodwork, jewelry, children’s gifts, baby items, Santas, snowmen, Heritage books, horseshoe crafts, wine-related items and much more.
“In addition, fresh baked pies, cakes, candy and other food items will be on sale,” she said.
Abilene’s First United Methodist Church will have two baked goods booths with profits designated for their church missions projects. A full-meal concession by Diane Litke will also be available with homemade pies to delight every taste.
Returning out-of-town boothholders include:
• Seleise Barrett of Manhattan with papercrafts;
• Marcia Storer of Solomon with Mary Kay products;
• Kathy Houser of Salina with holiday décor and vintage windows;
• Karen Carlson of Lawrence with gourmet foods;
• Dorothy Moege of Alma with quilts and teepees;
• Diane Helus of Lincoln with Christmas jewelry;
• Ken Miller of Salina with carved Santas;
• Evelyn Krein of Salina with jewelry, Christmas decor and doll beds;
• Kim Decker of Enterprise with jewelry and home items;
• Heather Probasco of El Dorado with handmade jewelry; and
•Linda Peters of Manhattan with silk flower arrangements.
New exhibitors this year include:
• Joy Butler of Enterprise with a large display of hand-made crafts for the home, gifts and holiday items;
• Jean Taplin of Abilene with bracelets; and
• A‘Lisa Johnson of Abilene, with Avon products and wreaths.
Abilene exhibitors also include:
• Shelley Crawley with wine and wine accents;
• Ted Kolling with horseshoe crafts;
• Doris Johnson with books she has written; and
• Debbie Davis with Scentsy candles.
“I am hoping to add a talent show this year,” DeWeese said. “Children could sing songs they learned for their school or church Christmas programs. It would add a pleasant Christmas atmosphere.”
DeWeese will present 1st, 2nd and 3rd place prizes for the talent performances — $50 for first, $30 for 2nd and $20 for third — and would appreciate a call to 280-9709 if anyone has an entry.
“The Christmas Gift Show is always a good place to finish your Christmas shopping.” DeWeese said. “Come out to Sterl Hall this Saturday and spend the day.”