Appalachian Craft Fair slated

Appalachian craft fair Holy Trinity Church in Sherman will kick off its 24th annual Appalachian Craft Fair Friday, July 11 from noon to 6 p.m. The fair will also be open Saturday, July 12 from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Sunday, July 13 from noon to 5 p.m. at the Sherman Center church. Offerings will include traditional hand woven baskets and stools, hand-quilted bed quilts, table runners and placemats, dolls, wooden utensils and toys, stained glass, hand thrown pottery, jewelry and more, like the items shown above. Courtesy of Holy Trinity Church
Appalachian craft fair Holy Trinity Church in Sherman will kick off its 24th annual Appalachian Craft Fair Friday, July 11 from noon to 6 p.m. The fair will also be open Saturday, July 12 from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Sunday, July 13 from noon to 5 p.m. at the Sherman Center church. Offerings will include traditional hand woven baskets and stools, hand-quilted bed quilts, table runners and placemats, dolls, wooden utensils and toys, stained glass, hand thrown pottery, jewelry and more, like the items shown above. Courtesy of Holy Trinity ChurchContributed Photo

Holy Trinity Church in Sherman will kick off its 24th annual Appalachian Craft Fair July 11 from noon to 6 p.m.

The fair will also be open July 12 from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. and July 13 from noon to 5 p.m. at the Sherman Center church.

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

Appalachian crafters who created the items, and who are struggling to make ends meet, are expected to receive 100 percent of the sales.

The proceeds of the sales of their craft items are often used to buy heating oil, make needed home repairs, purchase hearing aids, prescription eye glasses or dental work, support college education or purchase new shoes.

"I have had several unforeseen expenses recently, but the money I make from your fair will go a long way towards covering them," said crafter Verlon Richmond of Tennessee.

"This is the only fair I know that I am assured of making money and not losing money," Richmond said. "I also rely on the sales to help me pay for things like heating bills. Without it, I think I would have froze. I really appreciate being able to participate."

The fair began when church member Mary McKeon saw a way to "help others to help themselves" while she and others drove donated clothing and small household items to Appalachia. Impressed by the craftsmanship, and moved by the region's economic troubles, she and others loaded an empty truck with crafts and launched the first fair at the local church.