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Visitors watching Potter David Hudson’s demonstration of how to throw a pot
Volunteer Donna Balzer explaining corn husking to young participants.
Local artist Jerry “Fergie” Ferguson paints wildlife on old weathered boards
Two young ladies listening to The Story Lady tell a Native American Animal Tale.

Fun in the Rain at the Annual Artisans’ Fair

Web posted August 19, 2014
Drip, drip, drip was the weather at the Crosslake Area Historical Society Annual Artisans’ Fair, Sunday August 10th. The rain, at times light and at times heavy, was steady all day. Despite the rain, 38 Artisans were in place when the Fair opened at 10 a.m.

There were a steady number of umbrella carrying, raincoat wearing visitors. Attendance was disappointingly down yet there was a positive air of festivity. This year there were 418 who braved the rain drops.

The Artisans took the weather in stride. Lots of laughter and relaxed conversation was the order of the day. In spite of the damp, the Artisans demonstrated candle dipping, wood turning, quilting, rope making, spinning, rug hooking, wood carving, bobbin lace making, rug braiding, soap making and throwing pots.. Other Artisans sold items such as paper beads, jewelry, turned wood bowls, paintings, furniture, petrified wood, and bird houses. The youngest artisan was 10 year old Zoey Zech who made paracord knot bracelets, the oldest was Walt Grittner a 96 year old wood chip carver.

Children, with their parents, had a good time going around the grounds looking for the answers to the Scavenger Hunt clues in order to win a prize. With great relish and noise, the corn husking contests and old fashioned game of “Drop the Clothespin in the Bottle” took place inside the Livery, along with the Northern Minnesota Heritage Railroad Association (NMHRA) who had their model railroad set up. Everyone who wanted got a chance to run the train. The three classes in the Ideal Schoolhouse “All about SUNFLOWERS” were a great success with both children and adults.

Even with the imclimate weather, a great time had by all – Visitors, Artisans, and volunteers. The overall opinion of the day boiled down to most everyone agreeing “Too bad it is raining, but we really needed it.”

Article and photos submitted by Jo Bierman, Museum Manager

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