Love festivals? Well check out Clingan Ridge Baptist Church’s second annual craft fair on Friday and Saturday, Sept. 14-15, and not only get some interesting finds, but also help this local church …
Well check out Clingan Ridge Baptist Church’s second annual craft fair on Friday and Saturday, Sept. 14-15, and not only get some interesting finds, but also help this local church raise money for mission trips.
The craft fair took place last year in November, and craft fair coordinator and Clingan Ridge assimilation director Liz Gibbons is excited over the variety of vendors the church has this year.
“This is going to be a big event, as we are wanting to utilize our entire parking lot as well as several buildings" for the fair, Gibbons said.
As assimilation director, Gibbons works with new church members to place them into suitable Sunday school classes and roles at the church.
Clingan Ridge is currently seeking vendors in the form of local artists and home-based businesses for the fair. Gibbons said aside from the fundraising for mission trips, the event is intended to display various artisans for the people of Cleveland.
Some of the arts already set for featuring include painting, woodworking, crocheting, knitting, repurposed clothing, etc.
“While we had the event in November last year, this year we wanted to be able to have it outside and create the atmosphere similar to a fair,” she added. “There will be bouncy houses for kids, barbecue and maybe even some water games to keep cool.”
The church wants to avoid having its fair on the same dates as similar events such as the Apple Festival, Cowpea Festival or Cleveland Geekster, and Gibbons said the 14th and 15th are perfect.
As a mission-oriented church, Clingan Ridge tries to go to a diverse range of locations in its outreach efforts. In the past two years, the church has gone to New Orleans and Washington, D.C., but hopes to extend its reach to nearby Tennessee cities as well, such as Knoxville and Nashville.
“It costs money to do these missions. We need things like gas, Bibles and lodging, and we always try to incorporate fun into these trips such as our popcorn machine and snow-cone machine that lets us share these things with the locals, so we need events like this to help us cover these expenses and bring the word of God to others,” Gibbons said.
Church members are volunteering for the event by baking confections for a bake sale which will take place during the fair, but more volunteers are needed. The craft fair also needs more vendors to bring their talents to the patrons. A table outside costs $75 and a table inside costs $100. Vendors of all sorts are encouraged to participate, especially those with unique, artistic talents. No donations will be wasted.
Upcoming events for Clingan Ridge include its bottled water outreach, battery outreach, community Thanksgiving outreach and finally a Christmas party for the Boys & Girls Club located at the church.
“Our goal this year is $4,000, but we aren’t putting a limit on God!” Gibbons exclaimed.
The craft fair runs Friday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., and will go through Saturday, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Admission is free for the community and everyone is invited to attend and see what your local artisans have to offer. Clingan Ridge is located at 2412 Georgetown Road and can be reached at 423-472-3511, or through the event’s Facebook page titled, “Clingan Ridge 2nd Annual Craft Fair.”
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