Shop for handcrafted gifts at Henry County's largest one day craft show featuring over 100 dealer spaces on Saturday, October 20 in Galva, Illinois. Beta Sigma Phi will host its 34th Annual Craft Show which will feature a wide variety of quality-crafted items from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Galva High School.
"Vendors love to attend our show," according to Jean Mann show co-chairman." We have been doing this show for 34 years, so crafters know we are organized and put on a super show every year. They appreciate all the publicity we do. Shoppers love to see such a wide variety of crafts made by talented people. It's a great place to do holiday shopping."
"We also actively seek out new dealers to display the latest in homemade items," reported Vicki Perkins, reservation co-chairman. "Our members visit other shows throughout the state looking for talent, and there are always new dealers corning who have heard about our show's success."
The show is located inside and outside Galva High School. There is a $2 admission charge that allows admissions to both locations, which are within walking distance. No strollers or pets will be allowed inside. The event is well known in central and western Illinois, and draws crafters and guests from throughout the region.
Craftsmen from the Midwest will offer a wide variety of handcrafted seasonal and holiday decorations, candles, wooden items, wreaths, jewelry, toys, dolls and doll clothes, florals, sweatshirts, garden art, baskets, ceramics, placemats and table runners, and pet treats. Apples , pumpkins, kettlecorn and mums are also offered.
Food will be served in the high school cafeteria, featuring the famous Beta Sigma Phi homemade BBQ sandwiches, ham sandwiches, and many tempting fancy desserts and pies. You may enter the cafeteria just to enjoy lunch without paying the Craft Show admission fee.
For dealer information, application forms, contact persons, photos of last year's show, and directions to the show, visit the website at www.galvacraftshowinfo,
Proceeds from the annual show are used for community service projects of both the Xi Kappa Gamma and Lambda Nu chapters of the sorority. Past donations have included: Galva Schools decision making assemblies, Accelerated Reader books, playground equipment, jaws of life for the Fire Department, two yearly scholarships, Christmas Love trees for the needy, donations to the Senior Citizen center, Empty Stocking food Fund, Galva Food Pantry, Galva Historical Society Museum, Bishop Hill Heritage Association, Galva cemetery flowers and signs, an orphanage in India, and hosting socials for the residents of the Lincoln House and Courtyard Estates. They also send holiday greeting cards to area shut-ins.
There are 33 members of Beta Sigma Phi in Galva. Each member serves on a committee for the Craft Show. This year's chairmen are Jean Mann and Mary Kay North. Galva is located just 6 miles from the historic Bishop Hill village.