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Coaldale’s craft/hobby enthusiasts meet Nov. 4

Written by  Demi Knight
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Coaldale’s annual Craft and Hobby fundraising event is back this year for a day of artistic fun for the whole community.

 On November 4th from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., vendors will be at the Gem of the West Museum to showcase their work and help raise donations for the museum itself.
Organizer of the show and a board of Directors member for the museum, Myrna Moulton says this is a great way to get people from the community involved and more aware of the big things that the museum has to offer to the small town.
“It’s a way to get people in to the museum, a lot of people in Coaldale still say, ‘we have a museum in town?’ And it’s been here a while, so, it’s a way to get people in and seeing what we have to offer to the community.”
The Gem of the West museum was established in 1995 and with over 15 unique exhibits is one of the largest rural museums within Southern Alberta.
Although it’s been a part of the town for over 20 years, there’s still so much to be discovered and Moulton says the annual craft and hobby event is a perfect way to get people in the door.
“There’s no admission to get in, just donation and since the vendors are all inside the museum itself you can wander through and look at museum while you’re at the event.”
“We have so many unique displays,” added Moulton, “Right now we have an RCMP display that came from Regina and is here until January, so those in attendance will also have the opportunity to see that during the event.”
This year, the show will see a platform of vendor’s in attendance, selling items from quilting and knitting pieces to sewing and wood work crafts. Jewelry, greeting cards, Avon and Scentsy merchandisers will also have their own tables at this year’s event says Moulton, offering a great range of products to all the residents who wander in to look around.
Moulton also made a point that although she has been a part of the event for the past 14 years, the show has been a big part of the community for many years before then.
“We do this as an annual event to help raise funds and donations for the museum, so that we can keep that going. The museum is a vital part of Coaldale, as it brings in visitors in from all over.”
“And we’re also a tourist information booth,” added Moulton “So people wander in that way and want to know what we have to offer and what they can see in southern Alberta.”
With the museum being a prominent landmark within the town, it’s no surprise that people come by the hundreds each year to the fundraising event to donate their money for a great cause.
“The number in attendance each year is not a constant thing. Some years, the weather is beautiful and the sun is shining and less people want to be indoors so we see around 150 coming out and then some years on a high end we see 450 people to the event,” says Moulton about the number of guests that attend each year to give donations to the museum.
This year is set to be a big one as over 30 vendors are lined up to be a part of the event. With each vendor paying a donation of $20 to the museum to obtain a table it seems this year will be one for the books. There’s also many recurring participants noted Moulton, such as a table for several ladies from Magrath who bring baked goods each year that continue to be a crowd favourite.
 The annual fundraiser which is hosted by the Gem of the West museum society is being held this year on November 4th from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., entry to the event is by donation to help raise funds for the museum to continue to be a vital part of Coaldale’s community.

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