Dickens Fair draws record crowdsEven with the threat of snow and a new location, this year’s Dickens Fair was jam packed with over 115 vendors and shoppers by the hundreds.
This annual event started 21 years ago when Arlene Hulten, Community Relations Director for the Lake Stevens School District, wanted to find a way to bring the Lake Stevens community together, By establishing the Dickens Fair, Hulten found a great way to unite non-profit organizations, local craftsmen and the community-at-large as shoppers for their wares.
“The intent was to be a community event with the goal of getting people to see their schools and to give people the opportunity to sell their goods and have fundraisers,” Hulten said.
Many non-profit organizations were in attendance this year including the Lions Club, Kiwanis, LSHS Class of 2008 Parent’s Group and a couple of booths dedicated to raising money for cancer research.
Carol Funkhouser, was there to promote the annual Relay for Life cancer walk and to raise money for her cause.
“We think that 2008 is going to be a history making year for the Relay and for cancer research,” she said.
There was also a booth supporting the Susan G. Komen Foundation.
Both Judy Gaylor and Toni Adams have spent the last couple of months preparing for the Dickens Fair by making homemade cards and Jars of Joy (cookies in a jar) to sell at the Fair.
“This is my sixth year at the Dickens Fair,” Adams said. “Every year we add a little more stuff or take stuff away but the cookies in a jar always do well here.”
The crowds of shoppers were not disappointed with all of the choices they had in purchasing unique, handmade gifts for the holiday giving season.
There was an abundance of specialty foods, doll clothes, homemade cookies and candy, jewelry, candles, Christmas décor and a whole lot more to choose from.
“I usually buy rocks but I haven’t decided yet,” seven-year-old Hannah DuByne said.
Hannah is a regular at the Dickens Fair and even gave up a special Girl Scout event to be able to attend again this year.
“I come here every year because there are a lot of fun things people can buy,” she said as she was intently looking at some scarves someone had made to sell.
The Dickens Fair was held at the new Cavelero Mid High this year. Local Firefighters helped collect food and monetary donations for the Lake Stevens Food Bank as people entered the Dickens Fair.