Craft show benefits Port Colborne youth

Jim Carrol of J.C. Carvings hangs up some of his fish key chains Friday. 55 vendors have their crafts on display at the Port Colborne Optimist Club Canal Days Craft Show at the Vale Health and Wellness Centre.

The Port Colborne Optimist Club’s Canal Days Craft Show has helped the youth of Port Colborne since its beginning eleven years ago.

“It’s all for the kids of Port Colborne,” said Susan Wells Brown, Lt. Governor Zone 1 Niagara Region Optimist Club said. “With the proceeds from the show, we have helped out sponsoring sports teams for kids, awarding scholarships and just recently, partnered with the City of Port Colborne Fire and Emergency Services holding a bike rodeo during the annual safety day.”

Local crafter Tanya Rioux of “Our Neck of the Wood” hangs up the welcome signs at her display at the Canal Days Craft Show Friday.

“It is our largest fundraising event of the year,” she said.

The Canal Days Craft Show happens Saturday and Sunday at the Vale Health and Wellness Centre, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m both days.

It’s a favourite location for many people to get there early Christmas shopping done in one stop.

“We have 55 vendors this year, there’s 17 brand new ones, ” Brown said.

As you look around, there’s several different woodcarvers, artisans and artists selling everything for the home. There’s custom jewelry too and more for the discerning shopper.

“It’s a great place, for people when they are coming into town,” she said. “People can park here at the Vale, shop here, and go by shuttle to downtown.”



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