Cole Camp will host the 28th annual Christbaumfest Craft Show and Holiday Open House Saturday with about 50 vendors expected to participate.
The craft show, sponsored by the Cole Camp Chamber of Commerce, will be in the Lutheran School Gymnasium and the Cole Camp Jaycee Hall.
“We have a solid core of excellent crafters who come back year after year,” Marilyn Heimsoth, show coordinator, said.
Again this year, shoppers will find vendors of ceramics, Christmas ornaments, woven rugs, handmade soaps and lotions, jams and jellies, leather goods and wood-carved items, plus much more.
Heimsoth added that David Cromwell, of Warsaw, will be there with his sturdy, hand-built wooden toys. West Shore Gems, of Camdenton, will also have a booth.
“They have a large variety of semi-precious stones and fashion jewelry,” she said. “Lori McCullough from Sedalia has a nice line of jewelry as well and it’s all handcrafted.
“There are various crafters who are now doing soaps and lotions,” she added. “That’s kind of popular right now as well. One that’s new this year, that we didn’t have the last couple of years, is one with leather crafts.”
Gilbert and Cindy Hoch, of Sunrise Beach, will offer handmade leather Bible covers, small purses, knife and phone cases, bracelets, and custom items.
Becky Fisher, of Cole Camp, will be selling her hand-woven rugs.
“Those are really popular,” Heimsoth said.
A fairly new crafter, returning from last year’s show, Leslie Tardy, of Warrensburg, will be offering personalized calligraphy services.
“He does beautiful calligraphy work, on tree ornaments,” Heimsoth said. “He can personalize them and he also takes orders.”
Tegan Tucker, owner of Wasted Wool, of Green Ridge, will be selling burlap wreaths, up-cycled sweater decor and handmade wool items.
“She raises sheep,” Heimsoth said. “I think that’s a lot of work to go from a sheep to a product.”
Another “faithful crafter” who has been coming to the craft show for years is Deborah Galey, of Smithton.
“She calls herself ‘Mamma Lizzie’ and her description is polymer clay artist; resin and metal work, and (it’s) beautiful,” Heimsoth added. “She has beautiful work.”
The show will also offer a visit from Santa Claus, portrayed by Greg Katzing, of Sedalia, who will pose for photos with children from 1 to 3 p.m.
“Parents can bring their cameras or phones,” Heimsoth said.
Several vendors will offer baked goods for sale and the Cole Camp Chamber of Commerce will serve lunch in the Lutheran School cafeteria during the event.
Adding to the festiveness of the day, downtown merchants will host a holiday open house for shoppers.
“All the stores downtown will be decorated,” Heimsoth added.
The 28th annual Cole Camp Christbaumfest Craft Show will be hosted from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday at the Lutheran School Gymnasium and Cole Camp Jaycee Building.
Faith Bemiss can be reached at 530-0289 or @flbemiss.