STONY FORK — The second annual Christmas in the Village had increased growth and a steady crowd of people all day.

Laura Shelmire, owner of Heritage Farms which hosted the event, said 32 vendors set up this past Saturday, Nov. 21. In addition, Heritage Farms offered its own home decor and gift items, along with products from nine more artisans.

“This year, it was hard for us with COVID restrictions,” Shelmire said. “We had so many vendors who were saying this is our only livelihood and everything has been canceled. So we sat down and figured out how many vendors we could have to space out. We had hand sanitizer around and wore masks.

“It gave customers a chance to come out, be safe, do some shopping and, most importantly, shop small businesses,” she added. “We ended up turning 50 vendors away because I had to put restrictions in place that they were spaced out.”

Vendors set up in tents and canopies in the field, the weather cooperated and shoppers turned out to purchase food, baked goods, crafts and listen to live music by Logan Route.

The crowd was steady throughout the event, which ran from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. the Saturday before Thanksgiving. Some people arrived at 8 a.m. and waited.

As the day progressed, a parking area in front of the vendors filled and vehicles parked along the side of the road.

“A couple of our vendors said they did better here this year than they did at Dickens last year,” Shelmire said. “We were blown away with the community support this year and everybody coming out.”

The vendors contributed to gift bags given away to the first 100 customers that day.

Those begs were gone in 23 minutes, said Shelmire. J’s Gourmet Popcorn sold the inventory prepared for Saturday, as well as another event the vendor planned to attend on Sunday.

“He had to work until 5 a.m. that night to get ready for the next day,” Shelmire said.

Shelmire is already planning the next event, SummerFest, which is normally held in May. She’s also looking at bringing in additional attractions for next year’s Christmas in the Village.

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