HERKIMER – Visitors were treated to dozens of new vendors and old, baring a vast array of samples and goods this weekend at the 41st annual Herkimer County Arts and Craft Fair, held at the Herkimer College campus Nov. 11 and 12.
“I’ve seen a lot of really great new booths this year,” said Chelsea Bryon, of Utica. “We’ve been coming every year for a long time now – at least 10 years. It seems really fresh and different this year. I mean a lot of the same vendors, but a lot of new ones too and they’re arranged differently.
“I love it every year. And of course we’re spending too much,” Bryon added with a laugh and a glance at her husband Austin, who nodded agreement.
About 110 vendors set up throughout the campus, selling everything from wine, fudge and spices to jewelry, stained
glass and pottery, and much more between, said Development Program Specialist and Show Coordinator Janice Fuhrer.
The annual fair serves as the Herkimer College Foundation’s biggest fundraiser each year, she said. Money raised goes to the Foundation Scholarship Program, which provides the top 15 percent of students from each Herkimer County high school with free tuition to the college.
“It’s another great year for us,” Fuhrer said, commenting that the cold temperatures may have kept a few people away Saturday. “Overall, we’ve had a good crowd, some new vendors and some that have returned after being away a few years.”
Philippa Schrader, owner of Linden Street Paper out of Rome, has been setting up a booth at the Herkimer County craft fair for some 20 years.
“It’s been good to me,” she said. “I like the people who run it and I love seeing the customers come through year after year. We greet each other like long-lost friends, even though I don’t really know them or even their names, but we recognize each other. It’s such fun.”
“It’s our first time here actually,” said Crystal Christman, of Floyd, who attended with her husband Tom. “It’s a nice day and we decided to go for a ride. We’re loving it.”