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Saturday's B&B Craft Show continues to draw crowd

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By The Staff

Around here, typical Thanksgiving traditions may include turkey, dressing, cranberry sauce, spending time with loved ones and attending the B&B Craft Show on Saturday.

This year is no exception as the B&B Craft Show celebrates its 27th anniversary when the doors of Springdale Recreation Center, 260 S. Plantation Road, open at 7 a.m.

Founded in 1980 by Barbara Bowers and Novice Baker, the show is now sponsored by Landmark Pentecostal Holiness Church.

Becky Lowery, show coordinator, said much of its success can be attributed to a core group of about 20 church volunteers who work behind the scenes.

Lowery said the 2007 craft show features 55 vendors showcasing their specialties. Vendors easily fill the entire gym, with others on a waiting list.

Most are from the Lancaster area, but as the show has grown, vendors from the Waxhaw, Kershaw, Monroe, Van Wyck, Rock Hill, Charlotte and Pageland areas have joined in.

One women's apparel vendor travels here from West Tawakoni, Texas, for the show.

"She started coming about three years ago after attending the B&B Craft Show while visiting family here in Lancaster," Lowery said.

Some of the returning favorites will offer a wide variety of handmade items like jewelry, Christmas ornaments, ceramics, tole painting crafts and wooden furniture.

Children's coloring books, as well as scrapbooking ideas, will also be available, along with popular wares by Pampered Chef, Tupperware and Candle Lite.

New –and possibly the most unique feature this year – are Quillows by Jenn Baker of Kershaw.

Lowery said quillows are quilts that fold into 18-inch-square pillows.

Also, this year, Communities in Schools students will be selling handmade wood crafts this year, too.

"We're very excited to have this group working with us this year," Lowery said.

Crafts aren't the only homemade items you'll find at B&B Craft Show. The Rev. Larry Hancock and his wife Jan will be offering fresh vegetable soup for those who need a little warming.

Lowery said the Hancocks have been making this special soup for several years.

"They have the recipe down to a science," Lowery said.

Hot dogs and all the fixings will also be available in the dining area, which will be decorated in honor of the Clemson/Carolina game later that day.

With more than 2,000 attending last year, Lowery said that proves that the B Craft Show has found its niche.

"Not only can you satisfy your taste buds, you have everything from ceramics to woodworks, bow-making to candles...such a well-rounded display of items," she said. "We have something for everyone. Santa will even be with us (11 a.m to 1 p.m.) for photos."

Want to go?

WHAT: 27th annual B&B Craft Show

WHEN: 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday (first 100 customers receive a free Christmas gift bag)

WHERE: Springdale Recreation Center, 260 S. Plantation Road

COST: Parking and admission are free

INFORMATION: (803) 287-2667