Holiday craft fair draws a crowd |

Holiday craft fair draws a crowd

Heidi Rice
Citizen Telegram Editor
The Rifle Animal Shelter Craft Fair and Bake Sale drew a large crowd Saturday morning at the Ute Events Center. The event included about 30 vendors selling their crafts and a bake sale of homemade goodies.
Heidi Rice/Citizen Telegram |

RIFLE – It was a full house at the New Ute Events Center Saturday morning for the 6th Annual Rifle Animal Shelter’s Holiday Arts & Crafts Fair and Benefit Bake Sale.

About 30 vendors attended, selling everything from jewelry, soaps, sweaters, whimsical signs and Christmas wreaths to Christmas ornaments, towels, aprons, pillows and pet treats.

“The vendors pay to have a booth and 100 percent of those proceeds go to the shelter,” said Heather Mullen, director of the Rifle Animal Shelter.

Joyce Webb, who sells her handmade scented soaps and pottery, was in charge of coordinating the vendors.

“The vendors are exceptional,” Webb said. “They came from Aspen to Grand Junction.”

There was also a bake sale in which people could buy a tin in a size of their choice and fill it with a variety of baked goods that included cupcakes, brownies and cookies of every type.

“New this year was the we served breakfast burritos in the morning,” Mullen said.

The craft fair started as a small show at someone’s home in Silt.

“Then it moved to the Silt fire station,” Webb said. “We always did a bake sale but then we added on artists. It was getting too big.”

The New Ute Events Center provided ample space to accommodate the vendors and the visitors.

“This is great,” said Don Chaney, cultural and special events manager for the center. “There are people that have never been to the Ute before. This is a great introduction.”

According to Mullen, the Holiday Arts & Crafts Fair and Benefit Bake Sale usually generates about $4,000, which is used for medicine and supplies to feed and take care of the animals.

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