We started this event in 2019 and had 56 vendors at our inaugural event. The event was a success, stocking our JCEO pantry for 6 months and raising funds for our walking path construction. Over 100 vendors expressed interest for the 2020 event. Then Covid hit.
During the Covid pandemic in 2020, we completed our walking path project. We also saw many people staying at home to be safe. However, our EMS first responders stayed on the front lines, with other health care professionals, putting their safety secondary to caring for those in our community. They have been working non-stop to provide the responsiveness we need in our community and are now in need of a new ambulance.
Just in time for the holiday season, we are bringing our Fall Craft & Vendor Fair back this year over two days – November 6-7 and adding a “Red Hot” Michigan competition on Sunday, with bragging rights and prizes for the best tasting recipe.
Instead of an admission fee, we are asking that visitors bring a condiment for donation to our JCEO branch, as these are the items most needed. Tickets will also be available for purchase for tasting the competitive entries and for winning prizes provided by our local vendors. All monies raised will be going to the ambulance fund for our EMS first responders. Some of our EMS staff will be on hand to provide vital links, wellness checks and generally answer questions. Stop in and thank them for a job well done!
Mayor Rick Scholl asks you to come and support your local vendors. With products on hold or sitting in the ocean right now and possible into next year, it is the perfect time to find something hand made or supplied by someone in your community for holiday gifts.
Support your local vendors, your local first responders and show your support by attending our event. You might find something wonderful waiting for you!