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Holiday shoppers flocked to Bellwood on Sunday for the Fall Vendor Art and Craft Show.

Bellwood Elementary School has been home to many craft shows throughout the years, but this is the first one hosted by the David City Post Prom Parents. Event organizer Michelle Romshek, of Bellwood, said the fundraiser aimed to raise money for David City High School students to visit the Urban Air trampoline park after prom.

The money raised will cover the transportation and Urban Air fees. Any leftover funds will go toward caps and gowns for graduation. Romshek said their goal was to raise $700, which they met from the table fees from the event’s 25 vendors. When possible, she said she hoped to do some holiday shopping at the fair herself.

“I’m actually excited to do some Christmas shopping because there are a lot of cool things (here),” Romshek said.

Kris Boelter had a booth at the fair for her business, Creative Sewing by Kris. The Dwight resident sells applique hand towels with different seasonal designs sewn onto them. She’s been selling her creations for the past 10 years and said she was excited to be at the craft show.

“I have done a craft show here before (in Bellwood) and it did very well, so when I heard they were doing one again, I thought, ‘yes, I’d like to be a part of it.'”

So far, Boelter said she’s been to six craft fairs this year, with plans of attending another four before the season's end.

“I’m excited to do them. I love meeting the people and seeing everybody. Past people come in and say ‘your towels are great,’ that type of thing,” Boelter said.

Angela Nelson, of Bellwood, said she heard about the craft fair through Facebook. She came with her daughter to complete some early holiday shopping.

“It’s nice to shop so close to home,” Nelson said.

Connie Wieser came all the way from Lincoln to put up her booth, Scarves by Beep. She’s been selling homemade fleece scarves for the past 10 years.

“Fleece is the best thing since sliced bread,” Wieser said. “It’s a great item to have, especially with the cold weather.”

Wieser said the name of her business comes from a nickname her granddaughter gave her.

“All of my grandkids when they were little, these moles on my face, they would push them and I would go ‘BEEP’, she said. “And so my granddaughter when she was little just started calling me Beep.”

Vendors at the fair included Twinning Treats and Sweets by Morgan Van Winkle of David City, Stones by Steve by Steve Borer of Seward, Kreations by Kasey by Kasey Kuhlman of David City, Hippie Chameleon by Gretchen Schneider of David City and Kelli Stara of David City selling knitted goods crafted from her daughter, Brooklyn Stara.

Ann Lammers, of Waco, also had a booth at the fair. She works as an independent consultant with Pink Zebra and has been selling home fragrances with the company for the past five years. She heard about the event from Facebook and said she enjoyed attending.

"People are friendly and we’ve got a good variety (of vendors),” Lammers said.

Lammers is also an organizer for the Home for the Holidays Vendor and Craft Show at 555 N. 16th St. in Seward on Nov. 17, set to run from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. The fair is expected to have 40 vendors selling homemade holiday goodies.

Eric Schucht is a reporter for The Banner-Press. Reach him via email a eric.schucht@lee.net.

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Eric Schucht earned his bachelor's degree in journalism at the University of Oregon in 2018. He has written for The Cottage Grove Sentinel, The Creswell Chronicle, The Pacific Northwest Inlander and The Roseburg News Review.

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