Annual Avon Craft Fair kicks off holiday shopping

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AVON-BY-THE-SEA — The Avon Municipal Building was chock full of homemade and handmade holiday gifts Saturday morning.

Over 50 vendors from across the northeast filled the borough’s gym as part of the Avon Craft Fair, an annual event sponsored by the Avon Home and School Association.

The craft fair is a fundraiser for the Avon Elementary School [AES] Class of 2019’s field trip to Washington D.C. next year, when the current seventh-grade class will be in eighth grade.

It also offers local vendors a chance to show off their goods to residents from across southern Monmouth County, who in turn have a chance to get some unique and hand-crafted gifts for their loved ones.

“We have crafters come from all over,” said Arleen Smith, president of the Avon Home and School Association. “We have local artists crafters here from the Jersey Shore, but also people come from all over.”

According to Ms. Smith, the crafters and vendors occupied 71 tables in the municipal gym, which were organized to form several aisles filled with everything from original art, to sea-themed Christmas wreathes, to hand-knitted baby blankets, to jewelry and even bird houses.

“Its a very well-known event,” said Mo Hinman, president of the Avon Historical Society. The historical society had a table at the craft fair selling towels, crystal pendant ornaments and books on the history of Avon-By-The-Sea.

“There’s a lot of different crafters here. It’s really diversified … hats off to the Avon Home and School Association,” said Ms. Hinman.

Ms. Smith said the money raised from the cost to have a vendor table, along with all proceeds from the refreshment stand — which was manned by members of the AES Class of 2018 — will go toward the D.C. trip.

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