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December 07th, 2021

home show 2019 fileOne of the many booths at last year’s Holiday Home and Fun Show. There will be some changes to this year’s event, according to coordinator Cheryl Collins, including the addition of a gun show and some extra spacing. L&T file photo/Elly GrimmELLY GRIMM • Leader & Times

 

With Halloween being mere days away, many people are already thinking of the holiday season and what to purchase for gifts and decor. Thanks to some local partners, there will soon be a great opportunity to get a head start on that shopping. 

This year's KSCB Holiday, Home, Gun and Craft Show will be from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 14 and from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 15, and everything's going to be at the Seward County Activity Center. 

“At the spring show earlier this year, which was hugely successful, we'd added a gun and knife show and added a craft section and a cornhole tournament,” KSCB Sales Manager Cheryl Collins said. “All of that went really well and began a good response for this year's holiday show – we're going to have the gun show again and the craft section, but we won't have the cornhole tournament or any entertainment, and all of that is because of the restrictions from COVID-19 and the county. We had planned to have a gingerbread house-building competition that Sunday but we ultimately decided against that because of the numbers we're allowed to have at the Activity Center, and we wanted everything to be dedicated toward the potential shoppers.”

Collins said there will be a wide variety of options for people to look at. 

“We'll have a lot of things out there for people, we'll have our regular vendors for holiday shopping and decor ideas, and there will also be handmade jewelry and lotion and baked goods and arts and craft stuff, which will be awesome,” Collins said. “In the main hall, we'll have the home stuff and tractors and siding and windows and furniture carpet, and we'll also have vendors for roofing and clothing and the Glue Guy, which we had a lot of questions about after the spring show earlier this year, so he'll be back. The Himalayan Salt booth will be there along with vendors for ATVs, signs, pain relief, TV and Internet companies, security systems. And as of Wednesday, we have someone scheduled to come in and take photos with Santa, there will be those mini sessions available if someone wants to do baby pictures or family photos or something like that. There's going to be a wide variety for people to look at.”

That variety, Collins added, is precisely what draws so many people to the show each year. 

“It's like I always say, there's always such a big variety of vendors and items to look at, and there aren't very many times where you can walk through several different stores with so many different items in one place in the span of a morning or afternoon,” Collins said. “And you might find exactly what you're looking for, or maybe you surprise yourself by coming across an idea for a present you wouldn't have thought of otherwise. I feel like people are also ready to get out and shop and get ready for the holidays.”

The vendors who will be at this year’s show are also very excited, Collins said. 

“Several of the vendors who will be there haven't been able to be open or go to shows like ours since the pandemic began, so they're very excited to have the chance to have people come through their store again, so to speak, and they're very ready to be open again and serve the people of the area,” Collins said. “I encourage supporting these small businesses, which many of them are, and we're all about supporting small, local businesses. We will be limited to how many people will be allowed in the Activity Center, and we're allowed to have 560 people in there at a time. We just ask people who want to come out to respect the guidelines we need to follow, and we're asking them to also respect their fellow shoppers – and if you do come at a certain point and you can't get in at that time because we're already at capacity, please don't give up and come back a little later on, we do have a few slow points where you'd be able to come in. We ask everyone to be patient and respectful, this year's event will be different for everyone involved. We'd also like to add if you're sick or otherwise unwell to please stay at home – if there's anything we've learned from this year, it's that. We also would like to thank everyone who came out for the spring show, it was huge and fun and we had a lot of those vendors signing up to come back for the holiday show because Liberal and the surrounding area were so welcoming and supportive.”

Overall, Collins said, she is looking forward to helping kick off the holiday shopping season. 

“It's a great early kickoff to the holiday shopping season. It's the same weekend as the city-wide holiday open house, and it's exciting how we get to partner with the Oz-Some Committee to help kick off the holiday shopping time for this year, it really helps set the mood for the season,” Collins said. “I expect this year's show will be another good show for everyone. We won't require masks to be worn, but just like everywhere else, we do encourage it. We're working on putting together some sanitation stations throughout the building for people to use. We want everyone to have fun, but we also want to do what we can to help keep people healthy. We're excited to be able to have the show this year, we weren't entirely sure until very recently whether or not we'd actually be able to have it, and we're happy we will have the chance to have it this year. I encourage everyone to come out and support these local businesses and have a good time. We're excited for everything that will be there, there will truly be something for everyone, so come out and see it all.”

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