The Journal Register (Medina, NY)

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August 26, 2013

Witch and Crow show charms attendees

Medina Journal-Register — Several hundred people helped celebrate the coming arrival of fall by attending the Third Annual Witch and Crow Primitive Craft show over the weekend.

The Sacred Heart Club, which hosted the event, provided just the right amount of space, according to Danette Oakes, the event’s founder and organizer.

“We have people here from all over,” she said. “There are customers who’ve come in, bought some thing and taken it to their car and then come back in and bought some more.”

Oakes, who chose all the vendors at the show by virtue of the quality she has seen in their products at past shows, said the customer base on Saturday appeared to have a number of new faces. She said that showed the show is starting to develop a reputation and people are starting to spread the word.

Manning the door on Saturday were Kelly Pritchard and Sandy Wakefield, both long-time friends of Oakes. Wakefield said keeping the show on a smaller scale helps both vendors and customers.

“It can be overwhelming if it’s too big,” she said.

Pritchard said the “close atmosphere” at the show helps create a “homey” feeling. “That’s a good thing,” she said.

Wakefield, who runs Canal Country Artisans in Medina, praised the community for “stepping up to the plate and attending local events.”

Among the vendors at the show was Rita Kanaley of Country Junktion in Caledonia. She has had a spot at the Witch and Crow show since its inaugural year, and she said the size of the show keeps her coming back.

“Customers going to a show like this know what their looking for,” she said. Vendors, Kanaley noted, tend to enjoy smaller shows, too, because it allows for more one-on-one interaction with customers.

“Bigger is not always better,” she chuckled.

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