The St. James Lions Club is hoping to start a new tradition by holding the first annual craft show on Saturday, February 10. Held at the Lucy Wortham James Elementary School, Lions Club members are hoping to use the show to raise money for their programs, which support the community.
From 9 a.m. until 3 p.m., vendors will fill the big gym, the hallways, and the little gym at the elementary school. Guests will be able to view local handmade crafts, direct sale items, baked goods, and more. “We have about 60 or so vendors signed up right now,” Lions Club member Pat Adams said. “We are not doubling up on direct sales so each vendor will be unique. We have vendors offering things like woodworking, doll clothes, handmade soaps, and others,” she said. Direct vendors for Scentsy, Young Living Essential Oils, Juice Plus+, and many others will also have booths for those looking for those items as well.
Lions Club members will be offering breakfast in the morning and lunch throughout the day for those shopping. Breakfast includes biscuits and gravy, donuts and pastries, and instant oatmeal. Lunch will be ham and beans, just white bean vegetarian, cornbread, applesauce, hotdogs, and salad and drinks including coffee, tea, hot chocolate, assorted soda, and water. Baked goods, candies, pork rinds, and other foods will also be available for purchase from vendors at the event.
“One hundred percent of what we make goes back to the public,” Adams said. The group is hoping to make the craft show a new fundraiser each year to help with the many programs the group is active with.
Throughout the day, door prizes will be given away to shoppers as well and include a $50 gift certificate donated by the Rolla Walmart, a whole pie certificate from Country Bob’s, a vacuum donated by Tacony Manufacturing, and others. The event is free to enter and visitors are encouraged to sign up for door prizes as they enter the building. Winners do not have to be present to win.
Scout Troop 95 has volunteered to help load, unload, and help with vendor setup throughout the morning. Camp Brim Shire will be selling raffle tickets to help fund phase two of their pool and grounds reconstruction as well.
The St. James Lions Club was formed in 1941 and is an active group in the community, holding programs that help locally. The club participates in many of the programs done nationally and internationally, as well as local efforts specific to this club. Local members participate each year in a scholarship program for graduating seniors, donate to the D.A.R.E. program at the elementary, provide Payer of Last Resort, which aids those needing assistance in emergencies, adopt a soldier through Tacony Manufacturing’s Adopt a Soldier annual program, and other programs as money provides. International programs the club participates in are the disaster relief, measles and diabetes prevention programs, and the Eye Bank program.
“We will also be collecting old glasses, lenses, hearing aids, and sunglasses and lenses at the event,” Adams said. The Lions Club uses those items to repurpose, helping those who suffer from poor eyesight or hearing by offering aids to better their lives.
For more information about the craft show, the Lions Club, or how to get involved, visit the St. James Lions Club Facebook page for information or contact Adams at 573-201-8757.