As the Christmas season quickly approaches, the first-ever Waxahachie Coleman Junior High Old Fashioned Craft Show will be the ideal event to get a head start on holiday shopping.
This is not, however, the first time for craft show organizer, Kim Kriegel, to host a fair in the former Waxahachie High School building.
“We’ll have everything in the world,” emphasized Kriegel, a retired Waxahachie ISD educator and current school board member who founded the craft show over 25 years ago.
The one-day-only even was previously known as the Waxahachie High Pre-Christmas Show but underwent a name change due to the relocation of the high school.
When the event, which benefits economically disadvantaged students throughout Waxahachie ISD, started, it only had 14 vendors participate. Some 90-plus vendors are expected to fill the front halls of Coleman Junior High on Saturday.
A total of $8,000 was raised last year and Kriegel hopes to collect that same amount. Along with the name change, the admission price also upped to $3 instead of $1.
“We bumped it up,” Kriegel noted. “Our show has been worth that for years, but with the change in name […] admissions might make up for the difference in funds raised."
Vendors will provide a variety of options — from jewelry, clothing, hand-carved wooden products, jams, jellies and more. Kriegel agreed this is the perfect time to purchase Christmas gifts for loved ones.
She then highlighted Shirley Jones with her homemade jellies as a fan-favorite and Marsha Schmidt, who have participated in the craft show every year.
The Finley Traveling Warriors will also have a booth for photo opportunities with Santa Claus.
Money raised goes into the Student In Need Fund, which is operated by the Sunshine Committee, an independent group that works closely with the district.
“We’ve already bought a pair of glasses for a little girl at Dunaway,” Kriegel explained. “The PTO didn’t really have the money, the campus didn’t have the money, so they called me.”
The craft fair initially raised money as a scholarship fund through the Teachers Association, which later morphed into the Student in Need Fund. “Right now, the fund is mainly used for students who are food negligent,” Kriegel elaborated.
The fund also provides Christmas presents, winter clothes, Aldi gift cards, funds for prom, graduation and other senior or school events.
“We try to make sure money is not a deterrent for a kid having a good time in high school,” Kriegel stressed. “I’ve seen the poverty the kids live with. I’ve had students throughout the years that I feel strongly that we need to address the poverty in Waxahachie.”
The craft show is from 9 a.m.—4 p.m. at Coleman Junior High, located at 1000 Dallas Highway in Waxahachie. Admission is $3 (cash only) and attendees can enter through the main entrance or the cafeteria.
Those who help with the event include WHS baseball, soccer and golf programs, the Interact Club, Junior High National Honors Society, the local Boy Scouts and the Chey-Annes.
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