Patty Mullenhour shops at the Wapakoneta Noon Optimist Craft Show on Saturday with her granddaughter.
Attendance for the Wapakoneta Noon Optimist October Craft Show matched last year’s total with most of the crowd coming before 1 p.m., the organizer said.
The one-day show also matched the number of vendors who came in 2011.
Noon Optimist member Bonnie Wurst said the 9th annual craft show held from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Saturday at Wapakoneta High School attracted hundreds of shoppers and 75 vendors.
The big difference Wurst noticed was in the variety of vendors this year.
“There are fewer primitive crafts and country crafts and those are being replaced by jewelry, handbags and food,” Wurst said. “One of those crafts is a man who takes recycled metal and makes lawn sculptures out of them. He had not been here before and his items are very original.
“We had a really good diversity of items this year and even the jewelry was different,” she said. “Jewelry is very popular now and even that is totally different. Last year we had a lot of glass beads and this year there is a great diversity.”
Wurst also talked about unique vendors included a woman who made items with bows, a new 3-D sign maker and a wood craft booth. The booths included goods made by a 12-year-old local girl to retirees.
The local women’s organization raises money through booth rental and a $2 entry fee. The final numbers for the one-day show are to be officially tallied at a later date.
Proceeds raised from the event are used to support scholarships, free movies for kindergartner through fifth-grade students, essay contests, the Junior Optimists International (JOI) organization and other children’s activities.
The event is becoming a pre-holiday event for many shoppers.
“We always hold it the third Saturday in October and I believe a lot of the people attend to see the new crafts and to start buying gifts for the Christmas holiday,” Wurst said. “There are a lot of unique items here to consider for that special someone.”