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37th Extension Fall Festival scheduled for Saturday

37th Extension Fall Festival scheduled for Saturday

September 5th, 2013 in News

The 37th annual Cole County Extension Fall Festival is from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday at the Jaycees Fairgrounds and with nearly 160 vendors, the event offers something for everyone.

"You'll see jewelers, people selling handbags, dolls, accessories, wood furniture," said Jane Kempker, administrative assistant for the Cole County Extension Center. "But, it's like every year, they kind of put a new twist on it."

Kempker has organized the festival for 14 years, and said one of the more unique vendors this year is a man who carves crochet hooks out of wood.

The event is so popular, Kempker said vendors are still calling her trying to get a space at the festival, even though the event is full.

Kempker said she looks forward to the festival every year.

"I love seeing all of the people come in," she said. "People are just so creative."

She said the festival is a great place to buy Christmas gifts because a lot of the items cannot be found anywhere else.

"It's also a great opportunity to support local vendors," Kempker said. "It's kind of nice to support local business."

Admission to the Fall Festival is $2 for ages 13 and over.

"The gate fees and fees for the vendors help support our (Cole County Extension) programs," Kempker said.

For more information about the Cole County Extension Fall Festival or other Extension programs, visit extension.missouri.edu/cole.