More than 140 vendors, artists and artisans from as far away as Fairbanks, Kodiak and Homer came to the Kenai Peninsula on the day following Thanksgiving for the traditional Arts & Crafts Fair sponsored by the Kenai Art Guild. It was the 20th year for the event according to Lauren Wakefield who has coordinated the event for the last two years on behalf of the Kenai Art Guild, "All the items offered are hand made or crafted and we are excited to have a lot of old time vendors here as well as many new comers to the fair this year," said Wakefield. All the booth space fees go to the Kenai Art Guild scholarship fund, which helps young people from the Kenai Peninsula area pursue higher education in the arts explained Wakefield as thousands of eager shoppers crowded into Kenai Central High School last week. The fair has become the largest of its kind on the Kenai Peninsula and offers early shoppers a chance to find unique one-of-a-kind Alaskan gifts for the holidays, "I've heard some people say that if see something on your first walk through the fair, get it now because when you come back it may not be available. These artists make things from natural Alaskan materials and the things they come up with are truly amazing," said Wakefield.
Wood sculptor Rik James from Homer carries one of his creations into the Art Fair at KCHS last week.
The Kenai Art Guild is a volunteer organization, for more information call 283-7040.
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