Perfect weather was on tap for the craft fair this year.
The Crofton Town Club has been coordinating the craft fair since 1996, holding it the last Saturday in April and September. In prior years, the fair was held on the area at the Village Green and then eventually moved to the grounds of the Crofton Country Club.
This year, the event was organized by the volunteer efforts of Erika Cadori and Alisa Adams, with the help of Evelyn Harris. Many hours go into setting up vendors and organizing the space.
This year, in an effort to give back to our community, there were large bins at each entrance for canned goods which will be donated to the Maryland Food Bank after the fair.
As with every year, all profits from the event will be donated to worthy area charities and needy individuals in the greater Crofton community.
And holding to tradition, delicious food is sold at the craft fair. Boy Scout Troop 758 has been selling b-b-q chicken since 1975. The scouts set up at 6:30 in the morning and work tirelessly all day. The Arundel Volunteer Fire Dept. sells pit sandwiches and welcomes the time to see the community. The boy scouts hold this fundraiser to help offset summer camp costs and support the Troop’s budget. The fire department relies on this fundraiser for purchase and upkeep of equipment.
"This is a great way to raise needed funds for the station and provide great food at the same time," says firefighter Sam Sumpeter. "Also, the 'Pit-Crew' enjoys the work involved, even if the day is long and hot. It is always nice to hear customers exclaim that our pit-beef sandwiches are the best and wish we would have a sale every Saturday."
With over 86 vendors selling handmade craft items, there was something for everyone. Woodworkers, jewelry vendors, musicians, and various local organizations were on hand to greet the attendees.
“I would like to thank all of those whose hard work and dedication made this event possible.The members of our community who come and enjoy the craft fair every year have no idea of the amount of organizational skills it takes from our volunteers to pull it off. The craft fair coordinators, Erika Cadori and Alisa Adams, and our publicity coordinator, Evelyn Harris, have done a tremendous job,” commented Crofton Town Club President Kim Ritter.
The Crofton Town Club will no longer handle the craft fair and is trying to find a new sponsor. We are hopeful that another sponsor will step up and continue this tradition.