The Carter County Arts and Crafts Festival and Food Fair will ramp up for its 46th year next weekend.
This year, 225 vendors will flood the Hardy Murphy Coliseum with everything from handmade gifts, jewelry and pottery to furniture, clothes and art. Money raised at the fair will go toward the Carter County Association for Home and Community Education’s 4H scholarship funds and camps. Kaye Seeliger, publicity chair for the event, said this is the association’s largest annual fundraiser.
“It’s really becomes the place to go to see friends and meet new people in Ardmore this time of year,” Seeliger said. “We always have a big crowd.”
Admission is free, but parking is $3 and 4H students work the parking lot during the fair. The money raised goes to four different 4H groups in Carter County. Door prizes will also be given away throughout the day.
“I’ve had some people that have been coming here for years, and every year we see new people,” Seeliger said. “It’s a big variety of items. Handmade things and things for resale like purses and jewelry. There’ll be just about anything you can think of.”   
Seeliger said the fair has expanded dramatically since its creation more than 40 years ago.
“We started it because people were starting to make handcrafted items,” Seeliger said. They’d give them to friends and relatives as gifts, but they really wanted somewhere to sell them. We started out with 14 booths, then we added another room and another room, and 25 years ago we expanded to the arena.”
The Arts and Crafts Festival and Food Fair will run from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. Nov. 10 and 9 a.m to 5 p.m. Nov. 11. For updates, check ardmorecraftsfestival.com or Facebook.com/artsandcraftsfestivalandfoodfair