October 31, 2014

BY TERI CAMPBELL
Logan Media Services

The 39th annual AutumnFest Arts & Crafts Show will be held at John A. Logan College on Saturday, Nov. 8 and Sunday, Nov. 9.  Show hours run from 9 a.m.-4 p.m. on Saturday and 10 a.m.-4 p.m. on Sunday.  Admission and parking are free. 

Exhibitors from throughout southern and central Illinois and the surrounding states will have their original handcrafted gift items for sale.

“We’re expecting more than 120 vendors for the show,” said Emily Henson, coordinator of special events at JALC, who is organizing the event.  “The majority of them have been in past shows, but we do have about 20 new exhibitors with some unique and interesting products.  There will be jewelry, crafts, specialty foods, holiday decorations, toys, purses, clothing, home décor accessories, and many other items.  This show has something for everyone: men, women, children, and even pets.” 

Henson said people can get a preview of items that will be at the show on the event’s Pinterest board.

“We have a board on the Pinterest Web site that shows the products that vendors will be selling and has links to their Web sites,” Henson said.  “If people have never been to the show before, they can go online to see what is available.  There is always such a diverse variety of items at the show that I think some people might be surprised at what they can find.”  

Henson said the JALC Student Senate will be holding a silent auction fundraiser at the show.

“Members of the Student Senate asked the exhibitors to donate items for a silent auction,” she said.  “Shoppers can bid on the items and they will be auctioned off at the show.  The money raised will go to the Angel Tree Project, which helps provide Christmas gifts to needy children in the area.” 

For more information about the AutumnFest Arts & Crafts Show, contact the Office of Student Activities and Cultural Events at Logan at 618-985-2828 or 618-457-7676, Ext. 8015.  Click the following link to go to the board on the Pinterest Web site: www.pinterest.com/jalcstudentacti/boards/