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Craftin’ Country Pride Since 1987

Wow! Can you believe that summer is coming to an end already?! The kids are back in school and all those fun fall sports have begun. Soon enough we will be digging out the sweaters and boots and that good old Kansas snow will be blowing through Osborne County. Alton will, soon enough, be decked out with holiday cheer and The Craft Basket will be open once again.

This fall marks the 30th anniversary of The Craft Basket; that’s amazing! Can you imagine that something started by just a few area artists 3 decades ago is still going strong. That says a lot about this little town; Alton definitely has plenty of pride.

To help kick things off we ended the summer with a big bang as part of the annual Alton, Kansas Jubilee. Our part of the Jubilee was to set up a display in the community room with the theme of Craftin’ Country Pride Since 1987; easy enough for our little group that’s the same room we set up shop in every holiday season! Oh we were not the only ones there. That room was filled with all kinds of displays from antique dolls and handmade quilts to Beatles memorabilia and some very colorful ties! And of course all those well deserved Pride awards were proudly displayed.

If you live anywhere near Alton you really should get there next August for the Jubilee. It’s well worth the drive! The day kicks off with a parade and ends with a performance by the Bull City Opry Co followed by a street dance. In between there’s a money dig and Power Wheels derby for the kids, vendors in the park [I highly recommend the funnel cakes!], there’s mud volleyball, human foosball, a garden tractor pull, car and bike show, music in the park, cake contest, pie contest, a food stand by the fire department, face painting, a BBQ supper… Oh, and don’t forget the softball tournament that weekend too!

Now that the summer fun is over for this year it’s time for us to start working on those handcrafted Christmas gifts that you are going to need for your holidays this year.

See you in November!


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