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Eighth annual Eagle Holiday Fair and Winter Market returns Saturday, Nov. 19

Krista Schoenberg believes people want to give thoughtful gifts at Christmas.

Not coincidentally, she is in the business of meeting that need, as are many other crafters, builders, bakers, artists and small-business entrepreneurs who will fill up the booths of the Winter Market and Holiday Fair planned for Saturday at the Eagle River Center.

"This really is one of the biggest holiday markets in the area," said Lee Sims, marketing director of Radiate Live Events, which produces the fair. "This year, we have the most vendors ever with 65. They are from all across the state, not just this valley, and it is a really great mix."

This year marks the fair's eighth anniversary.

"It's definitely an event for the entire family," Sims said, and that includes the furry family members.

Santa will be on site from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. for family and pet photos, and there's a new feature at this year's fair — the Elfie Selfie Station. At this booth, fair attendees can snap away to their hearts' content, posing with a variety of photo booth props set up for their use.

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Food vendors will offer lunch options, and for this year's fair, there will be beer and wine sales, with proceeds going to the Samantha Remington Angel Heart Foundation. Sims noted this charity assists Colorado families that have major medical needs. As always, the fair will also assist the local Salvation Army by asking attendees to donate a nonperishable item at the door.

Great reputation

"I have heard this is a really great fair," said Schoenberg, a first-time vendor at the market. Her KS Designs booth will feature handmade purses, totes and clutches, crafted from Pendleton wool and recycled horse tack. Schoenberg purchases fabric remnants from Pendleton to craft her creations and then uses buttons crafted from antlers as decorative accents. Additionally, her booth will feature belt buckles crafted from recycled license plates and trail maps.

In other words, KS Designs are products you won't find in a department store.

"Around here, a lot of people don't have a lot of avenues to shop for the holidays," Schoenberg said. "This is a great event to get something that is different and unique — something that is really special and something that someone will remember."

That's the theme for the various vendors at the event.

"Bring your friends, families and pets to the market to shop from local, regional and national artisans, vendors and nonprofits," Sims said. "You can get unique gifts for everyone you love at the Winter Market and Holiday Fair; it's the perfect one-stop shopping event."

If you go …

What: Eighth annual Winter Market and Holiday Fair.

When: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 19.

Where: Eagle River Center at the Eagle County Fairgrounds, Eagle.

Cost: Admission is free but shoppers are urged to bring a nonperishable item for donation to the Salvation Army.

More information: Visit http://www.facebook.com/eagleholidaymarket.