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Talented artisans and crafters often face barriers when looking for places to sell their wares and raise public awareness of their unique products. The Christmas Craft Show at the Cleveland County Fairgrounds is a place for these people, seasoned and new vendors alike, to bring their products to the public.
“This year’s show offers a little bit of everything,” said Holly Rains, who is in charge of this year’s event for the County. “Our vendor slots for Black Friday and the Saturday after Thanksgiving filled up very quickly. We have over 70 vendors participating.”
Parking and entry are free as this is an event hosted by the Cleveland County Fairgrounds, 615 E. Robinson Street in Norman. The first craft show is a two day show and will be open from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Friday and Saturday, Nov. 25 and 26.
“This is a chance to escape the holiday crowds on Black Friday,” said Sandy McClure, who worked the show for many years before turning it over to Rains. “Some of the vendors are old friends, but we welcome new vendors every year.”
Offerings include handmade jewelry, pet beds, blankets, gemstones, crystals wood home decor, yard games, wood crafts, wood flags, cutting boards, handcrafted musical instruments, stained glass, crochet items, boutique clothing, aprons, car trash cans, table runners, boomerangs, simmering pots, t-shirts, kettle corn, nuts, fudge, and freeze dried candy. Christmas themed decor and products will also be in abundance including bags, stockings, wreaths, and ornaments.
“Our booth rental prices are very reasonable allowing vendors to keep their prices low for the public, but we do have some higher-end artisans along with entry-level crafters and mid-range cottage industry vendors,” Rains said. “We’ll also offer refreshments for sale so you can take a break, refuel and then keep on shopping right here in a single location."
The Cleveland County Fairgrounds has been home to this local craft show for over 33 years. There are two shows a year beginning with one in November and ending each year with one in December. The second show is also from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. and will be Saturday, Dec. 10.
As Rains so aptly pointed out, these craft shows are filled with a wide variety of hand-crafted and market items from various vendors around the region.
“If you want to support local small businesses or find handcrafted and remarkable items, this is a great place to do that,” McClure said. “The wood crafts are strong at this show. We have people who look forward to the boomerangs and also the amazing stained glass offerings and come to this show just to find those products.”
Parking and admission are always free.
Make your holiday memories bright with extraordinary gifts from the Cleveland County Christmas Craft Show.