Annual Datil crafts fair brings quality crafters, artists to town Nov. 3

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Once a year, Datil Elementary School becomes the place for friends from far and wide to meet, greet and eat. This year the annual Extension Club Craft Fair will be from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m, Saturday, Nov. 3. Ladies of the Club decorate the Datil Elementary School gymnasium with Christmas wreaths and ornaments and vendors' booths fill every available space.

Crafters come from all over the large county to offer a wide variety of products. Additional vendors come from as far away as Clovis, Silver City and Socorro. The Craft Fair, now more than 20 years old, has become a tradition for many of the vendors, and for customers as well.

Patrons of the Fair know they will find quality products for themselves and for Christmas gift-giving. Quilts, hand-made toys, wreaths and note cards; jams and jellies, pottery, batik and baked goods; clothing, woven and crocheted articles, and needlework: all these and more are available. The Booster Club always offers a delicious lunch for sale at a modest price.

There's a raffle table, too, and prizes are awarded each hour to a lucky winner. The purpose of all this activity is to raise money for a scholarship to be awarded to a graduating senior of Quemado High School.

To get to the Craft Fair from the north or the south, take Interstate 25 to Socorro, then head west on U.S. Highway 60. At the intersection of Highway 60 and Highway 12, turn south on 12 and proceed one-fourth mile to the school (on the right). From Reserve, take U.S. Highway 12 north to the Datil Elementary School. Look for the Craft Fair sign.

Pat Padgett, the guiding hand behind the Fair, can provide additional information. She can be reached at (575) 772-5558.