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100 % Handcrafted Fair

By Cindy Rosen
Talented crafters and artisans are needed for the 100% Handcrafted Fair.
This cutting edge arts and crafts fair, now in its eighth year, will take place on Saturday, March 15, 2014, from10am – 3pm at Robbinsville High School in Robbinsville, New Jersey.
This year the event is looking to expand to include over 100 unique crafters and artisans.  This always anticipated juried event prides itself in hosting only the finest crafters in the area. Previous vendors have ranged from wood, pottery, and glass to jewelry, scarves and candles, but we are always looking to add new crafters. All ages of crafters are welcome as last year’s vendors ranged in age from 11 years old to well past retirement age.  The deadline to submit an application is February 14, 2014.  On tap already for this year are repeat vendors such as EDZ Turns, Keystone Kettle Corn, Krilly Creations, and many more!  
The event benefits the RHS Raven Players theater students and the Raven Regiment band students. These programs are extracurricular and sponsored by parent groups Friends of the Raven Players and Raven Regiment Booster Club. This 100% Handcrafted event raised over $5000 last year! Planning for this annual event starts a year in advance with committee members planning, organizing, updating websites, compiling vendors, advertising for shoppers, recruiting volunteers, etc. Vendor applications are voted on by several members at our committee meetings. This year we have been able to almost double our space, but space does fill up quickly.
Shoppers come from various states in the area not only to shop, but also to enter our door prize giveaway and take a chance with our crafters’ raffle. Also on the list of things to enjoy is our Cafe Jacque which serves mostly homemade menu items such as soups, chilis, pulled pork sandwiches, and freshly baked goods. The event usually brings in over 500 shoppers! While the event has no admission fee, shoppers can get a free raffle ticket for the crafters’ raffle in exchange for a toiletry item which will be donated to the Robbinsville Food Pantry. Cash donations are also greatly appreciated and accepted to directly benefit the Raven Players and the Raven Regiment.
We will also have members of the Raven Players doing face painting for a small donation.  
Don’t miss this annual 100% Handcrafted Craft Fair! For more information please contact Cindy Rosen at friendsoftheravenplayers@gmail.com or 609-575-2001 and check out our Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/100handcrafted