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  • Locals get in spirit with craft fair/Santa’s workshop

  • The lower level of Pittsburg Memorial Auditorium was the place to be Saturday. Even Santa Claus and his wife showed up.



    “Mrs. Claus couldn’t make it last year, so we were very happy she was able to be with us this year,”  said Sara Mitchell, Pittsburg Parks and Recreation Department recreation superintendent.

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  • The lower level of Pittsburg Memorial Auditorium was the place to be Saturday. Even Santa Claus and his wife showed up.
    “Mrs. Claus couldn’t make it last year, so we were very happy she was able to be with us this year,”  said Sara Mitchell, Pittsburg Parks and Recreation Department recreation superintendent.
    The department hosted the fourth annual Holiday Craft Fair and Santa’s Workshop at the facility.
    The fair featured 15 vendors offering merchandise for Christmas decorating and gift-giving, with booth rental fees going to the KOAM TV Toy Box Drive.
    Santa’s Workshop was geared to the children, who could play games, color pictures, decorate ornaments and visit with Santa. Admission to the workshop was by a non-perishable food item, with all food collected going to Wesley House.
    Both activities went well.
    “It’s just my impression, but I think that people seemed to be buying from all the vendors,” said vendor Janet Lewis, who offered her Legacy Copper jewelry. “At least they stopping and getting engaged with the vendors.”
    Shopper Kathleen Brown-Cecora was certainly engaging with Lewis.
    “I’ve been standing here at this booth for 20 minutes trying to make decisions,” she said.
    Lewis creates jewelry items from copper that came from the old Pittsburg Public Library roof, which was removed during a renovation and building of the library addition.
    “My sisters and I spent so much time in the summers at the library that I thought getting something here would be like a little piece of personal history,” Brown-Cecora said, selecting tie tacks and earrings.
    Lindsey Kling, who was at the  Pittsburg Farmers Market throughout its season with husband Trent Kling, said that she was enjoying having her jewelry and his jams and jellies at the holiday fair.
    “There are a lot of people here and no wind,” Kling said. “I don’t have to catch my necklaces when they blow over.”
    Grayson Hardesty, a sales associate with Gifts and More House, offered jewelry, decorator items and more.
    “We have a wide variety of things, and Gifts and More House helps people raise money,” he said. “We have a cash-back program, and youngsters who sell our products as a fundraiser for their schools get a portion of the proceeds back in the form of a gift card so they can select something they want from a retailer such as Toys R Us or Walmart.”
    Santa’s workshop, located in a separate room down the hall from the fair, had a good turnout of youngsters.  Pittsburg State University recreation students and international students assisted as volunteers.
    “I’ve been seeing a lot of people I don’t recognize, who probably weren’t here last year,” Mitchell said. “We used to have the fair and Santa’s Workshop at Lincoln Center and we moved here to have more space. I’m thinking that we’re already outgrowing our workshop space, and we might want to think about moving it upstairs next year. That would give us room to do some more contests.”
    Page 2 of 2 - Sharing space at the other end of the auditorium lower level was the 64th annual Pittsburg Noon Kiwanis Pancake Day, and Mitchell thinks the events work well together.
    “The fair and the pancake feed really complement each other,” she said. “It really makes this a one-stop place for Saturday morning activities.”
    That’s what Veronica Kmiec thinks. Her daughter, Harper, 6, was one of the Pittsburg Recreation dance group that made its debut by entertaining at the pancake feed.
    “We ate some pancakes and they were really good,” Kmiec said. “Harper performed and she got to see Santa, and now we’re going shopping at the holiday fair.”
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