Alberni Valley Craft Fair Fri, Sat

The Alberni Valley Craft Fair Association is celebrating their 40th Annual Christmas in the Valley Craft Fair On November 7, 8, and 9th at the Alberni Valley Athletic Hall. The large fair was started 40 years ago by Elspeth Watson and continues to thrive today.

As it was in the beginning all arts and crafts must be hand crafted, created or decorated by the exhibitors.

Admission is not charged in to the craft fair but donations of non perishable food are requested for the Salvation Army, the Port Alberni Shelter or the SPCA.

This year we will also have a collection jar to raise money for the Read and Feed Program where 130 volunteers are reading and serving breakfast to 200 students at four of the six elementary schools in the Alberni Valley.

You will be able to purchase a snack or a meal in the Athletic Hall Cafe which is being looked after by the Eagles Auxiliary. These ladies are excellent cooks and any profits are donated back in to the community The craft fair members also donate money to the community and this year a donation of $200 will be going to the Read and Feed Program, Sally Anderson, who not only runs the read and feed program but has also been known to impersonate Mrs Claus.

There will also be a donation of $100 to the Alberni Athletic Hall. Crafters to include cedar weaving, monkey metal, kiln glass, woodcrafts, sewing, knitting and crochet, decorative painting, painting on canvas and stone, etched glass, wind chimes and candles. There is feather craft, leather craft, metal craft, steam punk, First Nations arts, driftwood art, prize basket drawings.

Santa and Mrs Claus will be up there for people to take their own smartphone photos.