PITTSBURG — The community can waltz into a winter wonderland away from the summer heat at Saturday’s craft show.

The Christmas-themed event is organized by Genelle Mead and her friend Wanda Ross.

Mead was inspired to do a “Christmas in July” craft show after being a vendor in Wichita, she said she always thought it would be fun to have one in Pittsburg.

“The story is, I was a vendor in Wichita years ago and loved it,” Mead said. “I thought it would be great to bring to Southeast Kansas.”

Mead’s friend, Ross, had been in craft shows for years and both agreed to put one on in Pittsburg.

When rounding up vendors for the booth, the team realized they needed to go to a larger venue — 60 vendors signed up for the event — the event will be at the Robert W. Plaster Center at Pittsburg State University.

“We had it scheduled in one place, but had so much interest by vendors we had to move to a larger place,” Mead said.

The air conditioned building is a big deal in July, according to Mead.

“They can come in from the outside heat and into the winter wonderland,” she said.  

The craft show will be from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday.

A variety of vendors will be selling knitted clothing and afghans, jewelry, books, spa products, metal signs and much more.

Three decorated Christmas trees with presents underneath, will have $10 gift certificates to spend at the listed vendor, as door prizes.

“Every 15 minutes from 9 a.m., people can get a present from under the tree and unwrap it,” Ross said.
Mead said she will be giving a portion of the proceeds, to the Youth Crisis Shelter in Parsons.

“The shelter is something near and dear to my heart,” she said. “Long story short, my parents were foster parents — these children are not throwaways, just in unfortunate circumstances.”

The organizers said the community may drop off non perishable donations for the shelter at the event.

Since there is a larger venue, more booths are available. Meads said if vendors would like to participate in the event, they may show up at the event during setup at 7 a.m. before the event starts. Booths cost $30 in cash. Vendors may contact Mead at (620) 605-9122 to sign-up or for questions.

— Stephanie Potter is a staff writer at the Morning Sun. She can be emailed at spotter@morningsun.net or follow her on Twitter @PittStephP and Instagram @stephanie_morningsun.