Bentley Cardwell, 3, couldn’t get enough of his new wooden truck as he enthusiastically rolled it ahead of him down one of the aisles at the Fall Craft Fair Saturday, occasionally stopping to jump up and down.
“I like a lot of the woodwork, and he obviously likes it too. It is pretty awesome,” Bentley’s mom Michelle Cardwell said.
Cardwell said it’s the first time she, her husband Shawn and Bentley had been to the fall fair, though they usually visit the annual Christmas craft fair.
“It’s nice to get out and see what everybody has ahead of time,” she said.
The two-day fair continues today from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Douglas County Fairgrounds in Roseburg.
Diane Ring of Roberts Creek said her father Ed Parker makes the trucks out in his shop.
“It gives him something to do,” she said.
She said sales were good. It’s the first time they’d done the fall fair as well, though they usually do the Christmas fair.
Ring said her grandchildren enjoy the trucks also.
Jasmine Minyard of Roseburg enjoyed looking at some unique wind chimes made of keys with her teenage daughter and her daughter’s friends at another booth. Other chimes were made of spoons, jewelry, and even camping dishes.
“It’s neat, really neat, all repurposed stuff,” Minyard said.
She especially liked the sound the keys make.
Adeen Jones of Oakland said her friend Dee Matzen of Green makes the chimes.
“She’s very clever. She gets a lot of her stuff from thrift stores,” she said.
Joni Roque of Sutherlin and Keri Thommen of Creswell were thinking of starting a booth of their own at a future craft fair. Roque likes to build and weld, and Thommen likes to knit.
“I’m retired and I want to do something to keep busy instead of looking at four walls,” Thommen said.
Both said they liked the fall fair.
“This is pretty cool,” Roque said.
Ann Severson of Winston had found quite a lot to like at the fair. She and her husband Fred had purchased some beautiful pottery leaves she planned to put in her kitchen window and a tablecloth, among other things.
“We’re looking for Christmas gifts and unusual gifts we can give to our kids and grandkids,” she said.
Ann used to sell wind chimes and recycled wood crafts at the fairs herself, and she was happy to support other local craftspeople Saturday.
She said it’s nice to know everything she’s buying “was made with love.”
Fred said he was there as an escort and a backup when Ann ran out of cash.
Anita Russel, also known as the “Angel Lady,” has been selling her angel pins at local craft fairs for 15 years.
She started when her father was in the hospital after a stroke. She used to work for AT&T and was never into “foo foo” stuff, she said. But she made an angel pin from a kit and wore it in to visit her dad in the hospital, and he loved it.
After that, she went home, tore apart her jewelry box and made a different angel every day.
Since then, she’s been making angels. She even taught a class and wrote a book about how to make them.
They come in a wide variety — from regular angels to cat angels to dog angels. There’s even a Second Amendment angel, made with a slug in it.
“You name it, I make it,” she said.
She said the fall fair was going well.
“It’s great fun to do,” she said.