CANTON – More than 100 vendors will display their holiday and everyday gifts and décor at the annual craft show at Clarkson University’s Cheel arena, Rt. 11, Potsdam.
The show will be held Friday, Dec. 3 from noon to 8 p.m. and on Saturday, Dec. 4 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Admission is $1.
The show this year is sponsored by the St. Lawrence County Chamber of Commerce, which has taken over the organization and planning of the event from Clarkson University.
“This is the show that everyone waits for,” said County Chamber Events Manager Jo Ann Roberts. “When Clarkson approached us last year about taking over the show, we jumped at the chance. This is a great draw for the area and helps our local cottage industry.”
The show is so popular with artisans and craft people that the show floor over the ice surface has been booked since the end of September.
“We worked with Clarkson to offer space on the main floor of Cheel to vendors who still wanted to participate, but couldn’t be on the arena floor. Some will be set up both days, but others may choose just Friday or Saturday,” Roberts said.
Some of the vendors at the show have been coming for years, for others this will be their first year. But regardless, everyone agrees it is a great time to do holiday shopping.
Last year was the first year the chamber was able to add the food and wine sales to the event. The show is classified as a farmer’s market with the NYS Department of Ag and Markets, which makes the addition possible.
“We’ve tried very hard to keep the vendors to those who make their own items, including any food items and wines,” said Roberts.
Food and wine vendors include: 1000 Islands Winery, Hazlitt 1852 Vinyards, Otter Creek Winery and River Myst Winery, The Nut Shop International, Phenomonal Fudge, Mimi’s Italian Cookies and More, Harvest Herb Company, Mind’s Eye Farm & Herbery, Uncle Jims, St. Lawrence County Maple Producers, Hurlbut’s Maple Products, Kim’s Cheesecake on a Stick, Phil & Jackie’s Fudge, North Fork Gifts, St. Lawrence Valley Roasters, Windy Point Angus & Scoopuccino’s Bakery, Homemade Creations, and Sundae’s Best.
In addition there will be many crafters and artisans offering: quilted items, wooden wares (signs, furniture, primatives, decorative items), soap, jewelry, crocheted and knitted items, stuffed animals and toys, stained glass, gift baskets, pottery and much more.
For a complete list of vendors, visit www.NorthCountryGuide and click on the link for the Craft, Food and Wine Show.