Mound City hosts annual Hobby and Craft Fair

Prairie Pioneer photo by LeAnda Staebner
The annual Mound City Hobby and Craft show, held at the community center, is the largest fundraiser of the year to raise funds for the upkeep of the facility.

By LeAnda Staebner

For the Prairie Pioneer

Looking for something to do before taking that Sunday afternoon nap? Head to the Mound City Community Center for the annual Hobby and Craft Fair.

The community-wide effort is scheduled for 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday, April 30, and will feature music, food, homemade items for sale and much more.

“This is definitely a community effort,” said Gloria Huber, one of the event’s organizers. “If we didn’t have so many volunteers, we’d be in trouble!”

Huber added that this is the only major event of the year to raise funds for the upkeep of the community center, with all funds raised going to that cause.

Attracting upward of 400 people each year, entrance to the event is by a freewill donation at the door. As patrons sign in, their names are entered into drawings for numerous prizes.

“All the local businesses are very, very generous in donating to the door prizes,” Huber said.

The group starts planning for the show in early March and involves the whole community of Mound City. There is a group of women that bake for the concession stand, while others go out seeking door prizes for the drawings.

“I have all kinds of help,” Huber said.

Many vendors will be on hand for shopping all afternoon including: Kelly Nieuwsma, Diane Aas, Spring Valley Farms, Pampered Chef, Norway Luther League, James and Elaine Kanable, Joni Eberhart, Awaken The Soul, Bonnie Buechler, Sandra Bauer, Midnight Jewel, Julie Goehring, Watkins, Color Street Nails, Jason Withrow, Landon Weisbeck, Campbell County 4-H, Discovery Toys, Fisher Unique Finds and Matt and Michelle Hirsch, among others.

In addition, there will be a huge rummage sale for those wanting to hunt for treasures, along with a concession stand featuring local baked goods and Rick Quaschnick’s famous pork sausage for sale.

The PIC (Pig Improvement Company) Apex Farm near Mound City donates the animals used to make the sausage, which has garnered quite the local following.

“The magic happens when it comes to making the pork sausage that everybody flocks to,” Huber said, adding that Quaschnick told organizers that he will continue making the product as long as they need him to.

If the food, crafts and rummage sale aren’t enough reason to attend the craft fair, there will also be live entertainment throughout the afternoon, including The Thompson Brothers, a West River group that has a big local audience, Huber said. There will also be a variety of local performers on hand.

“There will be everything from soup to nuts … something for everyone to see,” Huber said. “Now, we are just praying for good weather.”

For more information on the event, find the Mound City Community Group page on Facebook.

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