On Saturday, the Eta Tau local chapter of the national Beta Sigma Phi sorority served as the host organization for the annual Fowler Arts and Crafts Sale for their first year, with the event held at the Junior High Gymnasium. The group will also run the festival going forward, continuing to hold it on the last weekend in October.
Two dozen vendors signed up in advance, from both Fowler and as far afield as Olney Springs, Pueblo, and Avondale. Door prizes were awarded by random drawings, with donations provided by vendor participants.
Organizer Kay Brashear said that attendance for their first year was excellent; “very good sales today.” A wide variety of mostly handcrafted items were being offered for sale. These included wreaths, towels, headbands, knives, candleholders, signs, necklaces, birdhouses, bowls, purses, ornaments, dresses, magnets, backpacks, candy sleighs, and wooden trains.
A few vendors were selling consumable items. Doughy Delights out of Pueblo sold baked confectionaries. Another offered health supplements, and a third a variety of cosmetic and hygienic items such as soaps derived from goats’ milk, and confectionaries.
Local organizations used breakfast and lunch during the event for fundraising. The students of Destination Imagination from Fowler Public Schools served sweet rolls in the morning; their extracurricular club develops “teamwork, ingenuity and problem solving” with a focus on STEM (science, technology, engineering, math), according to teacher Stephanie Martin. Later on, the Catholic women of the Mary Queen of Heaven congregation served Mexican entrees.
The Arts Sale itself was dedicated by Beta Sigma Phi to raise money for its annual scholarship, given to a graduating Fowler senior. Other events they dedicate to this purpose during the year include an Easter bake sale and running bingo at Missouri Days. Several hundred dollars are provided to the selected student, with no specific academic or athletic threshold — “We like to spread it around.”