The 38th Annual Holiday Happenings Craft & Antique Show, hosted by the Johnson County Extension Homemakers in collaboration with the Ramada Inn of Paintsville and Paintsville Tourism, was held Nov. 1 and Nov. 2.
The event boasted 45 different vendors with various crafts, food items, art, clothing, jewelry, antiques and more for purchase. While many of the items for purchase centered around a holiday theme, not everything for sale was confined to a Christmas category.
Tammy Penix, former area president of the Extension Homemakers, and chairwoman Cindy Hackworth were credited with organizing this year’s event.
“It’s a big to-do. Last year we had to turn vendors away,” said Penix.
“And actually,” said Hackworth. “The Ramada basically told us to quit selling tables for this year. They didn’t have any more tables, literally.”
Johnson County Extension Homemaker Brenda Cockerham said the event has, in recent years, served to fund the five branches of the local Homemakers club’s (Oil Springs, The High Risers, The Community Club, Red Bush and Flat Gap) community-centered beautification projects.
“It used to be Christmas in October when it first started years and years ago and then it morphed into Holiday Happenings,” she said. “Initially it was a Homemakers event where they shared recipes and ideas and how to do different hands-on activities to prepare for Christmas. Then, when they came here, it was more about fundraising. So they opened it up to the public and allowed others to have booth spaces.
The funds raised help the clubs make their communities more beautiful, Cockerham said.
“They’ve done cleanups with it, they’ve done quilt-block murals with them, they’ve done flower beds — just anything to beautify the community is what those grants are for,” she said. “There’s about 100 members in the county, and they also use those funds to send their voting delegates to the state meeting.”
For more information please call the Johnson County Extension Office at, (606) 789-8108.