By Lyndsie Kiebert
Christmas shoppers will have the chance to support local small businesses Nov. 21-22 at the Bonner County Fairgrounds as fair staff host the annual Christmas Fair, this year featuring only craft vendors showcasing handmade goods.
Bonner County Fair Director Darcey Smith said this year’s craft fair will look different than past years due to the COVID-19 pandemic. She said that Santa Claus will not be making his annual visit and there will be no kid’s corner or live music.
“We are making this a retail environment only,” Smith said. “I am highly recommending that everyone, including vendors, wear masks. We will be spraying sanitizer on all hard surfaces throughout the event.”
Still, Smith said she felt that the fairgrounds had an opportunity to support local crafters during what has so far been a difficult year for artisans with small businesses.
“We really want to be safe, and we really want to allow these vendors to have a chance to sell their merchandise as most events have been canceled throughout the year due to COVID,” she said.
The Bonner County 2020 Christmas Fair is scheduled for Saturday, Nov. 21 from 9 a.m.-4 p.m. and Sunday, Nov. 22 from 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Admission is free.
Visit bonnercountyfair.com for more information, or contact the fairgrounds office at 208-263-8414.
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