The 23rd annual Appalachian craft fair will kick off July 12 from noon to 6 p.m. at Holy Trinity Church in Sherman.

The fair will also be open July 13 from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. and July 14 from noon to 5 p.m. at the Sherman Center church.

For more than two decades, while delivering donated clothing and household items to Appalachia, founding parishioner Mary McKeon witnessed not only the impoverished conditions of the region, but also saw the talent of the people who reside there.

Recent statistics show poverty levels in the states the church fair reaches are between 17.5 and 24.8 percent, which are well above the national average of 14.3 percent, according to the Appalachian Regional Commission for 2006-10.

The fair was a result of seeing a need and figuring out a way to meet that need -- provide a marketplace for the crafts.

Appalachia has a reputation for quality crafts and the fair showcases the variety of crafts the Appalachian people produce.

Offerings include traditional woven baskets and stools; hand-crafted bed quilts, table runners and placemats; dolls; wooden utensils and toys; stained glass; hand-thrown pottery; jewelry and more.

All proceeds benefit the people of Appalachia.