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Newly expanded craft fair set for this weekend

Posted: Monday, Nov 26th, 2012


Ron Haedicke, organizer of the Heritage Holiday Craft & Gift Fair, talks Monday about the efforts to decorate the Harvest, Crosetti and Fine Arts buildings at the Santa Cruz County Fairgrounds. (Photo by Tarmo Hannula/Register-Pajaronian).


WATSONVILLE — With three large buildings at the Santa Cruz County Fair festooned with Christmas decorations and a giant, decorated Monterey pine in the middle of it all, the 32nd annual Heritage Holiday Craft & Gift Fair is ready to roll this weekend, with the addition of a third day for the first time in the fair’s history.

The fair has become a holiday tradition since its inception, and this year organizers expect more than 3,000 people to attend and browse among 110 vendors, offering crafts ranging from decoupage to mosaics to garden decorations to clothing.

“We have a little of everything here,” said organizer Ron Haedicke. “It’s the place to shop for that special gift.”

The fair is hosted by the Santa Cruz County Fair Heritage Foundation, which raises funds for capital improvement projects on the fairgrounds.

Last year the foundation raised $32,000, Haedicke said.

In addition to hundreds of crafts for sale, attendees will also be able to purchase foods such as enchiladas, spaghetti, scones and tri-tip sandwiches, along with Starz cupcakes and Gizdich pies.

“You can come and eat and literally stay all day,” Haedicke said.

Haedicke said the craft fair has over the years grown into a regular stop for crafters, some of whom have been attending the event for nearly three decades and who come from all around the state.

Most, however, are local artists, which has become a focus of the fair, Haedicke said.

“You’re supporting community crafters,” he said. “But most of all it’s the friendship and fellowship as you shop. You can find that one-of-a-kind gift, eat good food and see good friends.”

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The 32nd annual Heritage Holiday Craft & Gift Fair will be at the Santa Cruz County Fairgrounds on Friday from 10 a.m. - 8 p.m., Saturday from 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. and Sunday from 11 a.m. until 3 p.m. For more information visit www.sccfheritage.org or call 612-9118.



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