Crenshaw County Extension hosts holiday fair

By Haley Mitchell Godwin

The Crenshaw County Extension Agency hosted its annual holiday fair Nov. 28 from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. at the Tom Harbin Ag Center. The event featured 22 vendors, a variety of attractions for both kids and adults, and drew positive feedback from attendees.

Amanda Evans, Crenshaw County Extension Coordinator, expressed her satisfaction with the event’s turnout and aspirations for future growth.

“We really want this holiday fair to continue growing,” Evans said. “Every year we get a little bigger, but we are looking at ways we can attract more vendors and more patrons. This is a great opportunity for the agency to come together with the community, and I want to thank the vendors and everyone that came out for the event, and kept some of our tax dollars at home.”

From handmade soaps, lotions, and jewelry to home decor, popcorn, plants, and an assortment of other items, the fair was a treasure trove of locally made products.

Families took advantage of the bounce house for kids and a coloring station that added an extra layer of enjoyment for young patrons.

Highland Home resident BJ McGough expressed his gratitude on social media and wrote, “I enjoyed going. Thank you, Crenshaw County Extension, for all you do.”

One highlight of the event was a free hot chocolate bar. Other snacks and drinks were available for all guests. Crenshaw Extension SNAP-Ed Educator Kristen Sanders provided a refreshing infused water station, while information about extension services was readily accessible for interested attendees. Several lucky winners took home door prizes during the fair.

Terry Dewrell, co-owner of Dixieland Kettle Corn LLC, saw the holiday fair as an invaluable opportunity for the community. She showcased her kettle corn, available in an impressive 35 flavors, and spoke about the significance of supporting local businesses.

“This is just a small sampling of our local vendors and locally-made products,” Dewrell emphasized. “I hope this event helps people to find out about these small businesses and the things they can buy right here at home. I would like to think that people come to these kinds of events and see others making and selling things, and then are inspired to do the same and maybe put their passions to use.”

As the event concluded, Evans invited interested parties to learn more about the extension agency’s offerings by calling the Crenshaw County Extension Office at (334) 335-6312.