Holiday Craft Show returns to Mankato for 10th year
MANKATO, Minn. (KEYC) - Celebrating its tenth year, the Holiday Craft and Vendor Show has aimed to bring together the community and kick off the holiday season.
The Mankato Armory was filled with over 60 vendors Saturday, and organizers said that the community met them there with excitement.
“I feel like we are back to pre-COVID numbers,” said organizer Tracy Eustice. “We don’t want to say that, but it’s a gorgeous day out today and so we’ve got lots of shoppers here today.”
The annual fair falls on the second weekend of deer hunting each year” explained Eustice. “And organizers said that everyone in the building was excited to start the holiday season, despite November not even being halfway over.”
Eustice said the annual fair comes just in time for deer hunting -- and the results speak for themselves.
“I think this is the perfect time,” said Eustice. ”It’s the second weekend of deer hunting, so I think everyone is ready.”
It probably doesn’t hurt that the latest cold weather is driving patrons in for warmth, before the hunt begins.
“We’ve got the cold weather and everyone is ready to come shop today,” said Eustice.
Vendor Ali Urness agreed.
“That’s totally up to the person,” said Urness. “I think it’s the perfect time to start thinking about Christmas shopping.”
The fair also provides an opportunity for local vendors to meet members of the community, and for them, that is pivotal in growing a small business.
“Having a store front in Mankato is nice because from this event I can send them to my store and vice versa,” said Urness. “From my store we can send people to come check this event out. But it’s nice because I can have lots of different items in both locations.”
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