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Fredericton Fall Craft Show welcomes artists from around the province

It may only be the beginning of October, but Christmas will be here sooner than you think, meaning it’s probably a good time to start shopping before everyone else crowds the mall. For those who were thinking ahead or looking for something a little extra special, the Fredericton Fall Craft Show was a great place to be this past weekend.

The Capital Exhibit Centre was host to this weekend-long event. Sandra Deveau Is the organizer of this annual show, now in its fourth year.

“It takes me close to six months of working on this. I am the sole organizer, but my family pitches in. I do this show in the fall and then another one in May.”

The event was packed with people of all ages shopping for everything from paintings to woodwork, jewellery to knitting. Deveau thinks it’s important for events like this to happen in order to bring people together.

“As a craftsperson, you put so much love and effort into developing something you’re thrilled with, but you really don’t know how well it’s going to go over,” she said.

“This show here brings in crafters from around the Maritimes to show their product. And there’s nothing better than when somebody buys them. For a lot of them, this is their income; they need to sell and to be in a show.”

The centre was also filled with tons of food. The smells, sweet and savory, tickled your nose at every turn.

Ron Bint runs The Maritime Gourmet Nut Company. He’s been running his business for 10 years but this is his first time in Fredericton. He thinks events like these are especially important for craftspeople.

“It’s great for us because we sell weekly back in Halifax, but for a lot of people, this is their only way to meet customers and make new ones. So it’s a way of publicizing themselves.”

Bint roasts a variety of nuts on location. They also have no salt or oil added to them. Bint believes his nuts are different than any others out there.

“Just a few ingredients and we have a great product. We make them right here on location so people can see how they’re made, kind of like a show. But they also know exactly what’s in them and that they’re as fresh as they can get.”

The event was free to the public but donations were welcomed, with proceeds going to the Women in Transition House. The donation buckets were being filled and Deveau knows just how important the money is.

“In my first marriage, I was in a very bad marriage. Back in the ‘70s, there was nowhere I could go. So to me, it’s a really good cause because women need to escape bad situations and all they need is a helping hand. Transition House is the place where they can run to with their children and get back on their feet.”

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