Big Knox Christmas craft fair coming up in Parksville

Eighty-four vendors from around Island to bring wares

The annual Knox Perfect Gift Christmas Craft Fair will be held Saturday, Nov. 18, from 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. at Knox United Church at 345 Pym St. in Parksville.

Based on turnout, this fair has become a highly anticipated event in the Parksville Qualicum Beach community and for many, it is a sign that the Christmas festivities are underway. Last year, nearly 2,000 patrons from Parksville and surrounding communities took advantage of this opportunity to get a head start on their Christmas shopping and entertainment planning.

The craft fair has grown over the years and now offers 84 tables, filling 10 rooms of talented vendors who provide a multitude of family-oriented products, homemade food items and many unique craft selections for all ages.

These include jewelry, knitting, wooden toys, quilted items, pottery, health and beauty products, scarves, hats, paintings and more.

These vendors come from communities all over Vancouver Island in order to offer a wide variety of gift possibilities.

A lunch of soup, sandwiches, chili and sweets at the Knox Café, seasonal music and free admission all add to the festive ambience of a joyful day.

There is a large parking lot adjacent to the church. Please be aware that there are various parking restrictions on the streets of the church neighbourhood.

If you park on a nearby street, please be respectful of neighbours’ driveways and properties and aware of the parking regulations by bus stops, fire hydrants and on bicycle routes.

Please note that Knox strives to be a scent-free facility. For the comfort of all, the co-operation of our shoppers is most appreciated.

Also, because of concern for people and the environment, organizers serve only fair trade coffee and do not sell bottled water. In the same spirit, please bring your own bags when possible.

Also note that the funds raised at the Perfect Gift Christmas Craft Fair help Knox respond to the needs of our local and global community: by offering low cost or free rental of our facility to community groups such as Alcoholics Anonymous and Rainbows; by providing services to the whole community with programs such as Care Home Worship Services, Grief Support Group and Healing Ministry; and by donating goods and funds to local groups and beyond, such as First United Church (Vancouver), Manna Homeless Society, the Salvation Army and SOS.

Be sure to mark the 13th annual Knox Perfect Gift Christmas Craft Fair on your calendar on Nov. 18.

For more information contact the Knox Church office at 250-248-3927, by emailing office@kucparksville.ca or going to www.kucparkville.ca.

— Submitted by Beth Brown

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