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Christmas in the Country draws huge crowd

The 11th Annual Christmas in the Country arts, crafts tradeshow proved to be a big hit once again.

On Sunday, Oct. 23, the Reston Rec Plex provided the space for an afternoon of Christmas in the Country - exhibitors, spectators and a canteen lunch, with exciting Christmas artistry and handmade products on display.

Christmas crafts in the fall market was first coordinated by Krystle Nelson up until 2019 at which time this was given over to whatever organization was interested in taking on the event.

“The nursery school and the dance club were both interested,” says the treasurer for Reston Nursery School, Stephanie Roper. “So, we are both putting it on together for the second year.

“The market usually brings in around 50 vendors and they present their goods at the Reston Rec Plex. “During pre-covid there were more vendors.”

 Last year there were 46 tables set up, which is less than usual, however, vendors had plenty of Tupperware, kids' clothing and toys, jewelry, sewing, and woodworking along with a varied mixture of handmade products.

This year proved to be a great success again with many accomplished vendors with excellent quality and professionalism in their talents.

“There is a lunch served with soups, sandwiches and taco-in-a-bag in the canteen out on the curling ice. Roseanne Elliott and Rachel Stevenson are on the dance club board and we join forces to do the craft sales,” adds Roper. “Shanna May is on the nursery school board and she assists with the market preparations as well.”

The tradeshow brought in curious people from far and wide to take a look at the huge array of exhibits. Even though the weather was cool with a brisk wind, it didn’t seem to stop anyone from coming out and enjoying the Christmas Market and Roper adds that the turnout was better this year than last year.

All proceeds were donated to the Reston Nursery School and the R.M. of Pipestone Dance Club.



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