The fifth annual Winter Market and Holiday Fair in Eagle this weekend will, as always, highlight the shopping aspect of the holiday season. But because of the late timing for Thanksgiving this year, it will also focus on the community’s giving spirit.
The popular fair held at the Eagle River Center at the Eagle County Fairgrounds will showcase locally and regionally hand-crafted items, with more than 50 vendors slated to set up their wares. Plus, on Saturday, volunteers planning to assemble the Salvation Army’s Thanksgiving food baskets will gather on site.
According to Janet Thrasher of Always Mountain Time radio network, inviting the Salvation Army to work at the fair site was a logical extension of the event’s atmosphere.
“Our fair is very friendly and pro-community,” said Thrasher.
She noted that traditionally, the Salvation Army volunteers gather at a local school to assemble the food baskets, but because the Eagle River Center is so large, fair organizers knew the building could accommodate both events. “We saved them some money and it is great to promote a food drive at the same time as the holiday fair,” said Thrasher.
Admission to the fair is free with donations of non-perishable food times for the Vail Valley Salvation Army Food pantry. Once inside, shoppers will enjoy a festive holiday atmosphere.
From produce to pies, peanut brittle, pretzels and prizes, Thrasher said the vendor lineup for this year’s fair includes a number of new faces.
Friday furry friendly
On Friday, the event will focus on the needs of furry friends in Colorado. Santa Claus will be on site for photos with kids and pets, courtesy of Castle Peak Veterinary Services.
According to Thrasher, participants can take their own photos with Santa for a $5 donation, that will then go to the Longmont Humane Society. The Longmont facility was inundated with lost and abandoned pets during this fall’s Front Range flooding.
Fair-goers are encouraged to upload their photos at allwaysmountaintime.com for a picture contest that will offer a $100 gift certificate for Castle Peak Veterinary services (pet food purchases are exempt). The contest will be judged by Tsu Wolin Brown of the Vail Valley Salvation Army.
The festive shopping continues Saturday with the Dickens carolers performing from 10 to 11 a.m. Saturday and the Alpine Wind Ensemble performing begins at noon Saturday. Face painting for the kids is planned from 2 to 5 p.m.
“The Winter Market and Holiday Fair makes for truly stress-free holiday shopping. Plus, it’s a great way to buy local and support Colorado crafts people,” said Thrasher.
For a listing of vendors and their goods, and event details, visit the event website at http://alwaysmountaintime.com/winter-market-holiday-fair/.