BANGOR- “You’re gonna find unique Maine products that you’re not gonna find in a box store. I mean these are hand built hand made things,” said Roger Stevens, Jr., a former board member of the United Maine Craftsmen.
Hundreds of vendors filling the Cross Insurance Center on Saturday with their finest crafts leading into the holiday season…
“It’s our annual Christmas show, a lot of nice stuff, a lot of homemade things. And it’s the best of what Maine has to offer.”
The key word being Maine. The show is put on by the United Maine Craftsmen each year, and every item for sale is made locally right here in our state.
“We are both from Maine, we are Maine natives. We believe Maine is a beautiful place to live and we want to do what we can to help our economy. If you’re buying local you’re buying fresh,” said Karen Toothaker, the owner of Sweet Tooth Fudge.
Toothaker and her husband began making her fudge 15 years ago to earn a little extra money, and she has loved it ever since.
But she says that when she can, she also buys locally grown ingredients like cranberries and blueberries.
But the vendors are not the only ones who care about the local aspect of the items for sale…it’s something that continues to draw an audience.
“I think it’s important to support local business whenever you can. And I just love the idea. We’re Mainers and I like the idea that everything I’m getting, whether for myself or for a gift, is local,” said Colleen Croker.
Another thing they love? The variety of unique items available all in one place. Everything from photographs, to soaps, to hand knit hats and scarves, to jewelry, to lamps, and even something for the pets.
“The chocolates! I got some chocolates for my husband, but I think he’s going to have to share them with me as well. And lots of jewelry and lots of food items, I’ve noticed,” said Crocker.
“And I chose a coffee mug that was hand made, ceramic, with a dragonfly on it. It was just perfect for me,” said Kelly Veazie.
The fair happening all weekend, but if you miss this one, there will be another one next weekend at the Civic Center in Augusta.