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Kick Off the Holiday Season at this year’s Christmas Craft Fair

Sandpoint’s finest holiday market By Jillian Chandler

Mark your calendar for November 19 and 20, as the annual Christmas Craft Fair returns to the Bonner County Fairgrounds for two days of shopping and fun.

Over the weekend, visitors will be treated to local artisans, handmade gifts, food and treats, activities for the kids, and a visit from Santa both days (don’t forget to get a photo too!).

“We limit the vendors to crafters and artisans only. We do not allow commercial booths, because we want to focus on the true nature of the name ‘craft fair,’” shares Darcey Smith, Bonner County Fair director. “We have so many wonderful artisans in Bonner County, and it's great to be able to bring them together during the holidays and support their businesses. I always find and buy the most amazing treasures.”

The Christmas Craft Fair continues to get bigger each year, drawing between 3,000 to 4,000 visitors over the weekend. This year, vendor spaces filled up within the first week! Visitors to the craft fair will find these local vendors selling a variety of crafts, gifts and food items: vintage décor and crafts, wood signs, home décor, wreaths, ornaments, jewelry, crocheted animals, oils/soaps/bath salts, greeting cards, scrapbooking supplies, candles, stockings, T-shirts, tumblers and glassware, pepper jelly, fudge, cinnamon rolls/scones/mini pies, kettle corn, coffee and drinks. “Oh my goodness, and so much more!” Darcey smiles.

The Gingerbread House Competition returns for its fifth year to benefit the Bonner Community Food Bank. Those who would like to participate can bring their completed gingerbread house, along with two non-perishable food items (and even those not participating are welcome to drop off food donations as well). There is no limit on how many can participate, and ribbons and a grand prize will be awarded.

“Our Christmas Fair is always a great treat for the public,” says Darcey. “And there is no fee to enter!”

The Christmas Craft Fair is Sandpoint's finest Christmas market. Make a plan to head to the Bonner County Fairgrounds November 19 and 20. To find out more, visit

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