Annual Holiday Craft fair offers something for everyone

Posted: Tuesday, December 09, 2003

The annual Holiday Craft Fair drew hundreds of vendors, and thousands of community shoppers looking for unique gifts and one-of-a-kind items.

The event was held at Kenai Central High School where craftsmen and artists displayed their wares throughout the gymnasium and hallways at KCHS in a flea market type of atmosphere.

Dixie Nugent of Dixie's Kitchen Drawer debuted her new made in Alaska product called, "Fresh Paw's for your staanky hands." Fresh Paw's is Dixie's creation for eliminating those typically Alaskan smoky smelling, fish gutting, garlic smashing, onion cutting, hands anywhere any time without the use of soaps, perfumes, or chemical agents. "This is a bar of pure stainless steel that you simply take and rub between your hands under cool running water and your hands become fresh and clean by simply removing the odors from your hands," says Nugent. She adds that only the odors are removed and bacteria remains so for handling raw meats and anti-bacterial soap would still be needed to clean the hands even though the odor had disappeared.


Randall Pippin with his handcrafted wooden retro-toys at this year's Craft fair at KCHS.

For unique Alaskan packaging Dixie has created a burlap carrying case stamped with staanky paw prints for the 2 by 3 inch stainless steel bar, "They don't actually smell staanky, but they look pretty staanky, and it's perfect for someone who thinks they have everything," said Dixie. The first limited run of the product was made here on the Kenai Peninsula and is available by calling 283-0802.

Retro-toys are popular everywhere and Randall Pippin of Randall's Glorious Toys in Kenai has expanded his hobby of handcrafted items that he has been making in his shop for some 23 years.

"Some are old Amish style toys and some are models I've modified and made larger so they can really be played with that way," said Pippin who learned the trade from an old friend. "It's truly more of give-a-way than a business, I do basically two shows during the holidays then I give them to the kids at the hospital on Christmas Day, kids at the Women's Resource and Crisis Center, or folks who have to work on Christmas and the ones I sell hopefully pays the way for the ones I give away," added Pippin. You can find out if Randall has any toys left by calling 283-9541.

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