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By Taylor Wren
Shop local, buy local is often an unsaid motto in counties like Jersey County.
Holiday shopping was in the back of a lot of shoppers’ minds on Saturday, Oct. 16, at the Jerseyville Craft Fair. Locally made items and different vendors offered choices aplenty for virtually anyone who had their lists already for the holiday seasons such as Halloween and Christmas.
The Jerseyville Susnig Center was filled with vendors who offered creative, one-of-a-kind items for a shopper’s delight. There were alot of items from local businesses who offered homemade jewelry, art, home decor and even some beautiful clothing from local boutiques in the area.
The craft fair also had a small variety of food delicacies that were provided by the Board of the Downtown Country Christmas and made chili and hamburgers to fill shoppers’ bellies if they got hungry and didn’t want to leave the craft fair. The local Boy Scout troop had a smorgasbord buffet of desserts for the shopper’s sweet tooth.
People were really shopping and it was observed that last year the craft fair was cancelled because of COVID. However, this year shoppers did not let the pandemic scare them away from events like this. The fair did socially distance their vendors and had the attendees welfare in mind. Many shoppers nowadays are wanting to return to normalcy in the best way they can. A lot of shoppers were masked up and did not let the threat of the virus disturb their Saturday afternoon.