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More than 1,000 visitors attend Fort Kent craft fair

FORT KENT, Maine —  Beautiful spring-like weather and a bounty of creative vendors contributed to the success of the Greater Fort Kent Chamber of Commerce 42nd annual Arts and Crafts Fair.

More than 1,000 fairgoers turned out for the event, which took place the weekend after Thanksgiving at the Knights of Columbus Hall, Lonesome Pine Trails and several businesses throughout town.

This year’s fair featured more than 50 vendors, up from 25 last year. 

So boundless was the enthusiasm of shoppers that many of the vendors found their tables empty on Saturday. 

“Many crafters sold out of items on Day One  and stayed up late on Saturday night just to create more items for their tables on Sunday,” chamber executive director Amber Rankine said. “The dedication and hard work of all the crafters was amazing and it made for a very successful year.”

Connor Pelletier of Connor’s Craft Shack sold out most of his homemade signs and other creations by the first afternoon of the fair, but didn’t mind making more.

At only 18 years old, this year marked Pelletier’s fifth year as a craft fair vendor.

“Every year I get bigger and bigger and bigger,” Pelletier said of sales. “I like being busy and having fun.”

First-year vendor Tammy Delisle sold yarn-wrapped mini trees at the fair alongside her mother, craft fair veteran Susan McBreairty, who displayed colorful Christmas wreaths.

“My favorite part is when the kids look at the trees,” Delisle said of manning the craft fair table. “It’s fun to see people and catch up with people I don’t normally see too often.”

The aim of the craft fair is to promote shopping locally and coincides with Small Business Saturday.

FORT KENT, Maine — November 26, 2022 — Susan McBreairty (left) and Tammy Delisle participated in the Greater Fort Kent Chamber of Commerce 42nd Annual Arts and Crafts Fair. (Jessica Potila | St. John Valley Times)

FORT KENT, Maine — November 26, 2022 — Connor Pelletier sells some of his homemade creations at the Greater Fort Kent Chamber of Commerce 42nd Annual Arts and Crafts Fair. (Jessica Potila | St. John Valley Times)

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