'The Big One' craft show slated
For 44 years now the Lawton Crafts, Arts and Hobby Association has hosted the its annual Craft Harvest, a gathering or artisans, hobbyist and general do-it-yourselfers.
The craft show has gone through several iterations in its time, and this year is going by special name "The Big One," according to Jose Vazquez, the show chairman."
This is Vazquez's second year in charge of the Craft Harvest, and he believes the show will live up to its name.
It is estimated that this year's show will have over 200 booths, which Vazquez says comes out to between 175 and 180 vendors total. Between 50 and 60 percent of the vendors are from Lawton or the surrounding area. But it won't just be local flavor available.
"We have vendors all the way from Minnesota that are coming. And we, of course, have vendors from the Texas area as well. You want to have a good variety," Vazquez said.
And there will be plenty of variety on display at the Craft Harvest this year, including jewelry makers, screen printers and quilt makers.
"I personally like the more unique, handcrafted items," Vasquez said. "We've got a lot of that. I've got two ladies that come in where they fold these books and actually make words and scenery out of the pages. We've got some individuals that do customized pins. And, of course, the woodwork. You know with Christmas coming up you've got to have your Santa Claus and your reindeer."
Among the quilts and the wooden Santa Claus, visitors will find two knife makers who create handcrafted knives.
"It runs a pretty good gamut. I make sure we don't get inundated with one thing. You don't want people saying this is just a jewelry show."