If you’re going
* What: Christmas in Cumming Arts & Crafts Show
* When: 4 to 9 p.m. tonight; 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday
* Where: Cumming Fairgrounds, 235 Castleberry Road, inside the red barn next to the arena
* Cost: $1 admission; children 12 and younger are free; vendors charge various prices for items
Looking for a unique gift? The 18thAnnual Christmas in Cumming Arts & Crafts Show may have just what you need.
Held inside the heated Cumming Fairground’s red livestock barn, next to the covered arena, the event will take place from 4 to 9 p.m. today and 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday.
Peter Jezerinac with JRM Management Services, which organizes the event, said it always offers plenty of out-of-the-ordinary gift ideas.
“We have a little over 100 vendors who come from all over,” he said. “I know we have a couple from Alabama and Tennessee and most of them come from the [north Georgia] area.”
He said they bring “everything from jewelry to glass ornaments, all kinds of good stuff.”
“There’s a guy who makes airplanes and all kinds of crazy stuff out of Coca-Cola cans and tin cans. There are a lot of Christmas-focused items and things like pottery and framed pictures.”
Dave Horton, director of the fairgrounds, said the event is always a good place to do some Christmas shopping.
“You have things like fudge that are good stocking stuffers every year, and it’s all homemade items so people know they’re getting quality stuff,” he said.
Tonight, there will also be hayrides through the fairgrounds’ Christmas light display, marshmallows for roasting and hot cocoa.
In addition, local elementary school and church choruses will be caroling beginning at 7 p.m.
Free photos with Santa will be available from 6 to 9 p.m. tonight and noon to 3 p.m. Saturday.
“They’ve got a good Santa who does a good job for them,” Horton said.
According to Jezerinac, the show typically draws about 7,000 people over the two days.
Horton encouraged anyone who hasn’t attended before to come check it out.
“It’s good quality stuff and the prices are very reasonable so people can get those last-minute items or something that’s a little more unique than something they could find in a store,” he said.