The Douglas County Christmas Craft Fair takes place this weekend with over 300 vendors featuring handcrafted work, much of it geared toward the holiday season.
“It’s the largest craft fair in the state of Oregon,” said Harold Phillips, the director of the Douglas County Fairgrounds Complex. With its first event in 1972, this fair may also be one of the longest running Christmas craft fairs in the state.
The fair is scheduled for 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. on Friday and Saturday, and from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Sunday at the Douglas County Fairgrounds, 2110 S.W. Frear St., Roseburg.
Many of the booths are return vendors, but the fair always hosts a sprinkling of new vendors. Vendors display one-of-a-kind items including woodcraft, metal sculptures, art décor, clothing, baked goods, spices and items like soaps and lotions.
“The items are unique gifts that you can’t find in a box store or online,” Phillips said.
New this year is the opening of the Grinch Lounge. It will be located in the fairgrounds’ Floral Building. The lounge will host a full bar with drinks and food for purchase with a menu that includes items like hamburgers and fries, chili and wraps. Adults 21 and older are invited to attend.
Those wishing to take a break from the fair are welcome to play bingo or throw darts in the lounge, or watch sports on a large screen television. The fair’s presenting sponsor AT&T will provide satellite feeds for college and professional football games.
Besides the lounge and craft booths, the fair will host a Santa’s Village where children can give Santa their Christmas lists. The fair also provides gift-wrapping stations. Folks can also purchase Christmas trees at the fair.
Both guests and vendors come from all over the state, visiting with each other along with artisans who take the time to share about their wares. The fair sees about 12,000 people over the three days.
“This fair is interactive with shoppers and vendors who are the creators of the actual products, which is what makes it unique and special,” Phillips said.
Admission is $4 per person with kids 12 and under free. A canned food donation earns a dollar off the admission. The food will be donated to the Salvation Army food pantry. Admission is free from 5 to 8 p.m. on Friday only with a canned food donation.
For more information, call 541-440-4396 or visit www.co.douglas.or.us/dcfair.