Craft fair a hit with families

The annual Christmas craft fair at Grand Harbour went off without a hitch and featured a range of craftspeople, entertainment and guests – including of the animal variety!

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Janet Minzett of House of Local Crafts didnt take a break from thatching her goods for sale.

Many stopped by with their kids or pets in tow and the Humane Society, who had a booth at the fair, also brought along some pups to be included in the kids’ play area.

Douglas Cameron of Black Pearl volunteers his time each year to organise this event for the families on this side of the island.

‘Providing activities for families to do together is very important to me,’ he said. ‘I hope to raise a family here in Cayman and hope to have built a good family activity-based community for us to be a part of.’

Many of the craftspeople expressed how much they looked forward to the fair each year and the stalls were varied in the talents they featured. Janet Minzett runs the House of Local Craft and is usually based at the Cayman craft market in George Town. She manned her stall while thatching, making baskets and other goodies.

‘I make about twelve a day,’ she said, gesturing to a range of thatch products that filled her stall.

Jazzmin Bodden featured her handmade scented sachets and aroma beads at her stall. She usually exhibits at the Agricultural Ground’s weekly Market at the Grounds.

Allison Taylor showed off a range of her handmade jewellery, plates and funky hanging signs while stores such as 24 K-Mon Jewellers also had stands. Animal organisations such as CARE and the Cayman Islands Humane Society were selling pet treats and calendars to raise funds and provide attendees with adorable Christmas gifts to pass along.

The kids’ area was certainly impressive, featuring huge water slides, bouncing castles, snow cones and cotton candy courtesy of Grand Harbour store It’s Your Party.

‘This year’s Christmas Craft sale was a huge hit with the families,’ Mr. Cameron said. ‘We had a great turnout especially because everyone brought their kids. We had more than 300 kids visit the play area, whether it was to bounce around or simply for some cotton candy.’

Almost 1,000 people turned out throughout the day to peruse the more than 30 craft tables. As well, George Hicks High School sent along 60 musically-inclined students who entertained the crowds as two school bands 30 members strong each. Suite Elite also took to the stage by the Brick House to energise the crowd throughout the afternoon.

The good news is that attendees may not have to wait another year until the next one.

‘We plan to have a spring craft fair that will be a part of our spring festival that we host each year,’ said Mr. Cameron.

The event was sponsored in part by What’s Hot magazine.