The Arkansas Valley Regional Medical Center Auxiliary Craft Fair will be this Friday and Saturday.


About the event
The Arkansas Valley Medical Center Auxiliary has two projects: the gift shop in the AVRMC Lobby and the annual craft fair. They donate all of their profits to the betterment of the hospital. This is the annual craft fair.
The auxiliary is always looking for new members. The latest recruit for the crafters is Kim Frankmore, an artist who has added to all the crafts, said Janiece Strack, at whose home the crafters meet.

Why you should attend
1. All of the profits go to the hospital. Among their purchases have been extra-wide wheel chairs, a bed for the nursery, electric blanket warmers and “flying doors” (automatic doors that open for the gurneys and wheelchairs). They give the money earned to the hospital wish list, developed by each department, the Otero Junior College Nursing Program and Hospice.
2. The crafted items are unique. Each is handcrafted by a volunteer. The crocheted animals this year were made by Susie Mathewson. They are a tiger for La Junta High School and a lion for Swink, as well as Curious George, a monkey. Beautiful Christmas stockings, even special stockings for your dog, are available, as are appliquéd and embroidered towels, Pookie dolls, and even a Boo-Boo Bunny.
The signature item of the sale is the clothespin doll, made every year from old-fashioned springless wooden clothespins. Over the 39 years the Auxiliary has made the dolls, they have represented Santa Claus, Uncle Sam, Superman, Pocahontas, Robin Hood, Mary (of Little Lamb fame), Alice in Wonderland, and last year, Little Orphan Annie with her dog Andy. This year’s character is Paul Bunyan, which is pictured held by Mathewson.
3. Baked goods are also available at the sale. Pauline Huff will be selling her famous baked pizelles. There will be cakes, cookies and candy.

If you go
When 8:30 a.m. - 3:30 p.m. Friday; 9 a.m. until noon Saturday
Where Arkansas Valley Regional Medical Center lobby, right outside of the gift shop. (10th Street and Carson Ave.)