Contributed by Vernon School PTA
The Seventh Annual Vernon School Maker Fair takes place from 1–5 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 3, at Vernon Elementary School, 2044 NE Killingsworth St. The fair is a winter craft event open to the public, where Vernon students, staff, family members and alumni sell their creative wares.
The fair is a great learning experience for children, according to Janet Strong, the fair’s chair and a member of the parent-teacher association.
“The event inspires invention, creativity, curiosity and hands-on learning,” Strong said. “Many of the kids independently create their products and sell them. For other kids and their families, it’s a wonderful opportunity for the whole family to come together and work on a project and enjoy some great family time in the process.”
Vernon’s Maker Fair is special because outside professional vendors are not invited to sell at the fair, Strong said, noting Vernon’s students make up half of the vendors.
“The quality and variety of the products that the community and kids make is stunning,” she said. “This is an excellent opportunity for the extended community to do some great hyperlocal shopping for the holidays, see what their neighborhood school is up to all while having a great time and contributing money to Vernon School.”
Items for sale include jams and pickles, jewelry, natural cleaning products, pottery, art, clothing, greeting cards and stationery; woven, knit and crocheted gifts; ornaments, natural beauty products, candles, tote bags, table linens, decor accessories, toys, emergency kits, baked goods, pet toys and treats, natural bath and body products and much more.
“Bring your friends, bring your family, bring your appetite for the wonderful concessions stand and prepare to be delighted,” Strong said.
Cash and credit card payments are accepted and personal shopping bags are much appreciated, she added.