Craft Fair to Benefit Carroll Family


Lisa Patrick

The Ashland Beacon


   Michael Carroll and his family, of Greenup, have recently endured a great tragedy when Michael’s wife, Renee Carroll, who was 36 weeks pregnant, tested positive for COVID-19. As Renee’s condition deteriorated, the hospital opted to perform a C-section to ensure the baby’s safety. The baby, Addison, is doing well, but sadly, Renee lost her battle and passed away on October 17.

   Kimberly Green, of Kim’s Kreations, often puts together craft and vendor fairs as fundraisers for local families in need of a little help. This year, she is hosting the second annual Christmas Vendor and Craft Fair to honor Renee and to help Michael Carroll with expenses.

   The Christmas Vendor and Craft Fair is going to be held on December 19 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Boyd Convention and Arts Center, formerly the Boyd County Community Center. There will be more than 70 vendors and crafters selling items at the event. Ghostly Gourmet will be running the kitchen and they will serve breakfast, lunch, and dinner as well as running a booth to sell their homemade items. “I’m hoping for a good variety of people coming in and out,” Green said.

   There will be a $3 entrance fee at the door and each person will be given a ticket for a chance to win a new flatscreen television. The first 40 people to enter will receive what Green refers to as a “goody bag.” They will have a variety of items such as samples and coupons from the vendors.

   Each vendor will also donate an item that represents their booth to be raffled off. Additional raffle tickets for the television will be sold at $3 each or two for $5, and the raffle tickets for the vendor items will be $3 for five tickets or $5 for 10 tickets. All of the proceeds from the entry fees and from the raffles will be donated to Michael Carroll. Customers do not have to be present to win. The drawing for the television will be drawn through Facebook live.

   Santa Claus will be there but “he will be at least six feet away from everyone.” He’ll be where the children can see him but due to COVID precautions, the children will not be able to sit on his lap this year.

   Green said “I feel driven to give back, especially at this time of year” and that’s why she always sets these events up as fundraisers and puts in the volunteer hours to make them happen. “But with this family, I just felt it deep in my heart to help. I am so thankful that we have such a great community that reaches out and does things and that’s what I feel like I’m meant to do.”

   Some of the items for sale will be handmade jewelry, homemade candles, sweets, cakes, boutique clothing, makeup, woodworking, furniture made from bourbon barrels, Scentsy, and Scragglepop. Green will have her own booth set up with her business, Kim’s Kreations, on top of running the event. With the vendor/craft fair being six days before Christmas, Green is hoping to attract a lot of last-minute shoppers.

   A full list of the items being offered for sale is on the Facebook page for the event.