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Arts, craft show returns
Event has become a yuletide favorite
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Madison Maavere shows her mother, Karen, some of the doll clothes for sale at a past Christmas in Cumming Arts & Craft Show at the Cumming Fairgrounds. - photo by File photo


For more information on the 12th annual Christmas in Cumming Arts & Craft Show, contact Bill Watson:
(770) 423-1330, or go online at

Cumming Fairgrounds will take on a North Pole feel Friday and Saturday during the 12th annual Christmas in Cumming Arts & Craft Show.

The event features artwork from nearly 100 area artists, as well as food and family activities, including hay rides and a light show.

Young carolers will make the rounds spreading holiday cheer. And to top it off, Santa Claus will swing by for free photographs with children.

Fairgrounds Administrator Dave Horton said the arts and crafts show has “got a little bit of everything.”

Bill Watson, assistant manager with event organizer JRM Management Services, said he expects a large crowd this weekend.

“It’s a great atmosphere,” Watson said. “This kind of thing gets people excited about Christmas.”

Vendor Patti Rozzell of Cumming agreed.

“I absolutely love it. These are the kinds of things you can’t find in a store,” Rozzell said. “The things you buy at the arts and crafts show ... they’re just so personal. Everything’s so customized.”

Rozzell makes hand-carved wooden signs for horse stalls.

Other items found at the event include ceramics, jewelry, stationery, pottery, hand-painted pillowcases and a variety of snacks.

“I think everybody knows about this festival,” Rozzell said. “It’s just one of those things everybody comes to every year. It’s a tradition.”

She has attended the event for many years, but Rozzell said this will be her first as a vendor.

The show is not open to just any artist. Those interested must go through a selection process. Watson has a waiting list of vendors hoping to participate.

Admission is $1, with children 12 and younger free.

The festival runs from 4 to 10 p.m. Friday and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday inside the big red barn, next to the arena at the fairgrounds.

Santa will be available from 6 to 9 p.m. Dec. 12 and 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Dec. 13. Hay rides are from 7 to 10 p.m. Dec. 12.

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