Vendor Fair to Benefit “Rally for Rusty”

 

 

Lisa Patrick

The Ashland Beacon

 

   In a time of our lives when everything is being cancelled due to COVID-19, Kimberly Greene of Kim’s Kreations is determined that the sale must go on. She has planned a huge craft and vendor fair to take place at the Boyd Convention and Arts Center, formerly known as the Boyd County Community Center. The sales from the event will benefit “Rally for Rusty,” a fundraising effort to help a local boy who is fighting a battle against childhood cancer.

   The Boyd County Summer Fall Vendor/Craft Expo is currently scheduled for August 29 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. The event was originally set for March but had to be postponed due to Coronavirus precautions across the state. The Expo will have to follow social distancing rules that are in place at the time of the event. Masks will be heavily encouraged. The spaces for the vendors are set up in 10 by 10 foot squares to make social distancing easier.

   There will be about 70 vendors inside the building selling direct sale items like Color Street strips, Thirty-One, Neora, Mary Kay, and Scentsy with a lot of local crafters joining in too. Local boutiques, woodworking artists, jewelry crafters, candle makers, homemade soaps and ring bombs will join in with the more nationally recognized brands.

   Ghostly Gourmet will be selling breakfast and lunch items as well as setting up a table with their own products to sell. Ghostly Gourmet, a local, veteran-owned business, creates and sells items like hot pickles, salsa, pickled asparagus and pickled mushrooms. The produce used in their products are sourced locally including some that come from the owner’s own garden. Among the lunch items being served will be the company’s own recipe for pulled pork BBQ.

   Greene has also invited food trucks to come to the event. Because it is a fundraiser, the food trucks, including Kona Ice, Happy Belly Foods, and several others, will be donating a portion of their profits to “Rally for Rusty” in lieu of paying a fee to set up at the Expo.

   Vendors are paying $40 to set up at the event and also donating one item of a $10 value to be raffled to benefit “Rally for Rusty.” Raffle tickets will be sold at the door at $2 per ticket or three tickets for $5. Vendor spaces inside the building are already filled up but Greene says that she has opened up spots for others to set up outside the building. The first 40 people in attendance will receive a free shopping bag.

   A full list of the vendors and crafters that will be set up can be found on the Boyd County Summer Fall Vendor/Craft Expo event page on Facebook. Information can also be found on the Kim's Kreations Facebook page. Greene says that she is also planning another event in December for Christmas shopping. In the event of more COVID-19 precautionary measures, Greene said that she will give as much notice as she can if she has to cancel or postpone the event again.


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