CASPER, Wyo. — The Ford Wyoming Center was bustling with activity today and Friday as hundreds enjoyed the annual craft fair benefitting the Community Recreation Foundation.
Roughly 160 vendors set up shop in the event center for the two-day event, selling decorations, clothes, food, pieces of art and much more.
“We’ve got lots of vendors from here in Wyoming, but there were also vendors who came from Colorado, Montana, Nebraska, South Dakota and really all over,” recreation worker Joy Lammers said. “We’ve got a lot of local vendors too, of course, who bring their products to sell.”
The money raised through the craft fair is a big help to the Community Recreation Foundation, and helps the organization provide scholarships to people and host free events throughout the year. Among the foundation’s annual activities are pool parties, a fall festival and a fishing derby.
“We do other things on top of that, but those are the main events,” Lammers said. “The scholarships are for youth up to 21 and for seniors. They’re to help anyone work out or take a class at the rec center, something they might not have been able to afford otherwise.”
Turnout was strong over the two days of the fair, and though Lammers doesn’t yet have an official count on the number of people who attended, she said that several vendors had commented to her that it seemed busier than last year.
Looking to the future, Lammers said the foundation hopes to add another craft fair in the spring as well.
“We’re all about getting people active,” she said. “The foundation is trying to get a new event started, a new craft fair festival in the spring.”