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REPORTING · 6th November 2012
Walter McFarlane
Kitimat’s Annual Winter Craft Fair reached a landmark anniversary this year. Open on November 2nd and 3rd, the Craft Fair hit its 40th anniversary. 110 crafters, food venders and businesses came out to help them celebrate.

“It’s our Fortieth Anniversary Christmas Craft Fair,” said Marcy Rice. Rice told us the fair was busy on the first night, roughly 1000 people coming through their doors.

The crafters came from as far away as Smithers, Houston and Burn’s Lake although there were many local crafters from Kitimat and Terrace.

Edith Klepsch was present next to a display of the History of the Kitimat Craft Fair to share the story of how it came to be.

“In 1971, we came from Ocean Falls, and we had over there, a ceramic club, so we figured when we had settled here, we would join the ceramic club, which they didn’t have,” said Klepsch.

Klepsch worked to get the ceramic club started. She managed to get a room for it in Riverlodge and a grant from the Municipality to pick up the equipment. She brought a Kiln and the proper moulds to start the club, but found people wanted to do many different things.

“The only way we could do that is if everybody makes some items and donates them and we sell them,” said Klepsch.
The club set up a room and sold pottery in order to buy new moulds. It started with five tables, ceramics and a man who made jewelry, and it has grown ever since.

“I would like to thank all the people that travel the distance to come to our Craft Fair and of course the people who are living in town and close by as well. It makes it special, their fair, and they come every year,” said Rice.
Baby Clothing Models Kaila Weaver, Marketa Moffatt and their Auntiie Diane
Baby Clothing Models Kaila Weaver, Marketa Moffatt and their Auntiie Diane
Lucy Slykerman and her Spinning Wheel
Lucy Slykerman and her Spinning Wheel
Eileen Hutson and Kristen Caruane reprisenting the Kitimat Art Club
Eileen Hutson and Kristen Caruane reprisenting the Kitimat Art Club