The 26th annual Our Best To You Craft Sale was living up to its name in Red Deer.
More than 200 artists, artisans and designers filled Parkland and Prairie Pavilions at Westerner Park for the three-day show that started at 10 a.m. Friday. The sale continues Friday until 9 p.m. and runs Saturday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
It didn’t take long before aisles between the booths were filling up with shoppers, some browsing and many buying.
“We had a great opening. Support year after year in Red Deer has just been spectacular. And again this year, it didn’t let up. It’s been great,” said Etienne Dale, communications manager with Signature Shows that puts on the annual show.
There is something for everyone — fashion, jewellery, artwork, sculptures, home decor, gourmet treats and more.
Dale said exhibitors are picked based on the quality and originality of their product.
“I think people enjoy the quality of the show, interacting with the artisans, but most importantly I believe they have a deep appreciation for supporting small businesses, and knowing where their money goes,” Dale said.
Duane Mertin, owner of Pearson’s Berry Farm, said his farm has had a booth at the craft sale for years.
“Red Deer is a small community and everybody comes when there’s an event like this. And this event is unique because every vendor makes their own product,” Mertin said.
He said his regular customers from local farmers markets were the first to line up for his juices, fruit spreads and baked goods made right at the farm west of Bowden.
“They know I’m going to be here so the first two hours on Friday, I’m swamped.”
Admission is $7 and free is for those 17 and under. Tickets are available onsite at the box office, cash only, or online.