By HOWARD BALABAN email@example.com
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.
Elsewhere in the show, Julie Fenton of Medina said the quality of the crafts sold helps to attract customers.
“There are a lot of good vendors, the show is small, and everything is handmade,” she said.
One Albion family made its first trip to the show and left with their hands full. They agreed that the festive fall atmosphere, along with the show size, were major selling points.
“It was nice weather today, and I love Halloween and all the fall colors,” said Doreen Schaffer. She held a rather large fall-themed door decoration in her hand, and said she looked forward to visiting the show next year, too.
Her husband, Joe, agreed. And he added that the size of the show was perfect.
“I enjoyed that it was a small show, that it wasn’t wall-to-wall people and you could actually see all the beautiful things the vendors had to offer,” he said.