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Arts and crafts fair wraps up

Dec. 02, 2012 @ 11:15 PM

HUNTINGTON -- Candles, jewelry, Amish cheese, scarves, smocked dresses and holiday decor were among the many items that drew folks to the annual Lions Arts and Crafts Festival in the Big Sandy Superstore Arena conference center over the weekend. The event wrapped up on Sunday and, despite Sunday's rain, seemed to be about as successful as last year's, said John Pinkerman of the Lesage Lions Club, which puts on the event annually with the Southeast Huntington club.

"We're seeing lots of nice items going out of here -- Christmas items that people are carrying out," Pinkerman said. "People know we're here the same weekend every year, and they know the exhibitors."

Many came before the Eric Church concert at the arena Saturday night, he said.

The clubs were hoping to raise $10,000 to split and use in providing assistance at the local level for those who need help in getting glasses and eye surgery and other charitable causes. Free eye screenings were available from Lions Clubs members during the show hours.

Dwana Cremeans of Culloden stopped by the festival on Sunday, as she has in years past.

"I love the artsy stuff -- and the baked goods, too, unfortunately," she joked. It was 36 years ago that the annual Lions Arts and Crafts Festival saw its start in Huntington, the first one being held at the Veterans Memorial Field House, Pinkerman said. Some of the original crew are still helping to put on the event, including John and Donna Pinkerman, Verlin Spurlock, Don McGraw and Mark Cox.

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