FAIRBURY – Well the weekend weather wasn’t as frightful in Southeast Nebraska as it was in other parts of the state, which allowed residents in Jefferson County to get a head start on their Christmas lists by shopping local at a couple of Craft fairs. The St. Micheals Catholic Church in Fairbury held their annual Christmas Bazaar and craft fair on Saturday which featured vendors and crafters from not only Fairbury, but all over including some from Fremont and Omaha.
Raven Gerths, a member of St. Micheals Catholic Church says the goal of the event is to raise some money for the church as well as bring in people to the community to shop.
“It’s a really good event, stay in town local to mingle and gather with other people in our community and really just do some holiday shopping in town.”
Another Jefferson County town, Plymouth had a Holiday Craft Fair as a fundraiser for their community library. Ellen Vorderstrasse, Director of the Library says this event helps their non profit buy supplies for the upcoming year.
“It’s a really good fundraiser for our non profit, it helps us to buy books and things we need throughout the year.”
Many small towns stress the importance of shopping local during the holidays because that money not only raises money for different organizations but also keeps the money in the pockets of your friends and neighbors.