Craft Show to draw huge crowd at Blackwell Event Center

by Charles Gerian

The Blackwell House of Prayer Church will hold its second annual craft show Nov. 2 in the event center at the county fairgrounds on south Main Street from 9 a.m. – 4 p.m.

Patricia Prince, who organized the event, said that this year’s show is shaping up to be even bigger than last year's, where more than 60 vendors sold a wide variety of goods such as ceramics, art, bath bombs, quilts, and more.

“We had a fantastic turnout for our first year,” she said. “None of us could really believe it. We were in such awe at the whole thing last year, and this year is going to be even more spectacular.”

Prince said more than 80 vendors are planning to be at this year’s show. She was receiving phones calls from other interested vendors as late as Saturday night.

“Our vendors are coming from all over,” Prince said. “We have them from the Kay County area, of course, and some are traveling from Missouri, Kansas, Colorado, you name it. It's an excellent opportunity for everyone involved.”

Local radio stations KPNC and KLOR will broadcast live from the show this weekend, and Prince said the church has spared no expense in getting the word out in order to make the event a “hit.”

The show will have two food trucks, El Torito and Cheeky Burger, on-site this year. A concession stand will also be open.

The show this year will be housed in two buildings, and all proceeds from the show will go to the Blackwell Fire Department's “Christmas for Kids” drive, which will help local families in need this holiday season. Those who donate toys to the program will be eligible to receive prizes at the craft show.

“This year, we're doing a raffle all day full of different prizes, including gift cards to Los Potros, Chilli's, Rib Crib, Pizza Hut, Genesis Hair Salon, a ton of business across Blackwell and Ponca City, as well as a $100 Walmart gift card,” she said. “All you have to do is bring a toy to donate, and you're entered.”

“We hope the Blackwell community comes to support this wonderful event, and that they embrace us again like they did last year,” she said. “It's going to be a wonderful time.”

There is no admission charge for the event.