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Annual bazaar to include children’s business fair this year; Local kids offer handmade items

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(L-R) Emilio and Ksenya Barela participated in a children’s business fair in Eagle earlier this year and will be part of the Camas Prairie Children’s Business Fair at the Grangeville Holiday Gift and Food Fair Dec. 3.


Contributed photos (L-R) Emilio and Ksenya Barela participated in a children’s business fair in Eagle earlier this year and will be part of the Camas Prairie Children’s Business Fair at the Grangeville Holiday Gift and Food Fair Dec. 3.



— Look for a new twist to this year’s Holiday Gift and Food Fair set for this Saturday, Dec. 3, at Grangeville Elementary Middle School. It will be held in the multipurpose room and hallways.

Bridget Barela has organized the Camas Prairie Children’s Business Fair with handcrafted items completed and sold by local children.

“I got the idea when a friend let me know about a fair like this in Eagle and I signed up my two youngest children,” she explained.

Emilio, 14, and Ksenya, 9, each completed projects to sell: he, dog accessories (bow ties and bows) and she, dog treats.

“It taught them each a new skill – or several skills,” Bridget explained. “Researching, sewing, figuring out if they could make and sell an item for what they had into it and still make a profit.”

Parents were to offer minimal help and could not have any part of the selling day.

“They were shy at first, but to see the transformation by the end was really great,” she said.

Barela said the fair really teaches about entrepreneurship and free enterprise.

“They’re gifts we have that a lot of other people don’t have, and it’s important to learn to utilize them,” she said.

Kids 8 to 14 signed up for the Grangeville fair, came up with their own ideas and a business plan and 10 kids will be selling their wares at the fair.

“[Organizer] Nancy Thompson was so supportive and just all in as soon as I talked to her and we really appreciate that,” Barela said. “We were given a reduced rate on the space fee and a place to set up between the bathroom and library.”

Attendees are invited to stop and see what the children have to offer and purchase their handmade items.

The 31st annual fair will feature more than 70 vendors who will be set up from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Homemade lunch items will be served all day and will include turkey noodle soup, ham or turkey sandwiches, pretzels, nachos, cinnamon or orange rolls, sugar cookies, peanut brittle, almond roca and caramel.



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