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May 6, 2013

Spring craft show attracts vendors from around the state

DUNCAN — There were several new vendors at the Duncan Crafts, Arts and Hobbies Association Spring Craft Show this weekend, all offering a variety of different products.

All the way from Norman to the show at the Stephens County Fair & Expo Center on Friday and Saturday, was Denise Schat with Fudgenomics. With 13 different delicious flavors of fudge, the booth was a popular one at the show.

“I’ve had a lot of visitors and people have been really friendly,” said Schat. “Out most purchased flavor has been the peanut butter chocolate.”

Other flavors included amaretto chocolate, chocolate walnut and vanilla walnut. Out of their 13 flavors, five are available for order to use as a fundraiser for sports teams, schools, or even individuals.

“Anyone can do the fundraising,” Schat said. “All the fudge is made to order.”

A family owned operation, Fudgenomics has been in business for about two years.

Another family business was the unique water beads and bamboo stand run by Russell and Karen Whiles of Ponca City. The couple buys the bamboo shaped and sell the short stalks in attractive vases with a large selection of different colored water beads.

“We like for people to create their own arrangement with all the same color beads or a mixture of colors,” said Russell. “The beads helps sustain the life of the plant if you have to go on vacation for a week or something, but not indefinitely.”

The Whiles saw other people in the same business and thought it would be something they would enjoy doing it. With Mother’s Day approaching, they said these bamboo arrangements would be a great gift.

From Rush Springs, came Billy Copeland and Linda White with their variety of handmade items. One of their most unique items were the large mesh flowers made by Copeland. All in bright colors for spring, he said they had been a popular item.

“I researched and found the idea and as with any craft, it does take some time to make them,” he said. “One lady bought some from me last week and put them on sticks out in her front yard.”

Also among their selection of goods were mesh wreaths, also made by Copeland, and wreaths made from rubber flip flops and homemade jewelry, all done by White. While selling their items, the pair said they had been enjoying the social aspect of the show the most about the weekend.

“You meet a lot of fun people and see what others are doing,” said White. “We’ve got new neighbors at this show and have exchanged numbers and everything.”

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Should the date for The World's Largest Garage Sale be changed from the third weekend in July to sometime in October to take advantage of cooler weather like we had this past weekend?

No. It's better in the summer cause kids are out of school.
Yes. More shoppers would come during nice fall weather.
Either time is fine.

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