• Special to the Daily Leader
It’s that time again to start holiday shopping, and many people look for that special gift at the Folk Art Festival hosted by the Society for the Prevention of Bored Housewives. This year will mark the 42nd edition of the festival with more than 100 assorted craftsmen from Kansas, Oklahoma, Texas, New Mexico, Colorado and Nebraska.
This year’s jewelry artisans have produced all kinds of wearable art made of silver, gold, natural stones, crystals and beads to pick from. There will be wood items from as small as kids toys to as large as household furniture and there will be holiday items to decorate the house or yard. There will also be art sculptures from metals, and some artists will have hand-thrown pottery and blown glass.
There will be women who will be showing large selections of sewing, with homemade quilts and afghans, clothing and pillows. There will be numerous booths selling holiday items made of ceramics, woods and fabric and a large variety of floral arrangements in vases, on wreaths and swags.
For those who enjoy the chance to buy home-baked cookies, cakes, pumpkin rolls and treats, there will be a large selection to choose from. There will also be several vendors selling their homemade soups, popcorn, roasted nuts and all types of assorted personalized chocolates and candies.
This year’s show will have its largest assortment of scented candles, soaps and scented lights and oils.
On both days of the festival, Santa will be making special appearances and handing out candy to the kids. The SPBH Club will again have a booth where children can get their photo made with Santa.
On Sunday, between 2 and 4 p.m., Poppa D Clown will be making an appearance and putting on a magical circus show from 3:15 to 4 p.m. to entertain the kids while mom shops.
There will also be non-profit groups selling their items to help their clubs: Angels For Animals, Coronado Museum, Stepping Stone Shelter, Boy Scouts, Crossroads and SCCC/ATS art students.
The kitchen will again be serving homemade chicken and noodles and soup, sandwiches, cakes, cream pies and desserts.
The 42 annual Folk Art Festival will take place from 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 4, and noon to 5 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 5.
The festival will be joining with the High Plains Daily Leader and will be the last place one can register to win the Silver Bells 2001 Ford Mustang. The drawing for the car will occur Saturday evening after the Christmas Parade.
For more information, call Ada Linenbroker at 624-8534 or 629-0497.