Annual craft show celebrates local heritage

NEW BERLIN—The 43rd annual Historic New Berlin Day kicked off Saturday with one of the largest street festivals in central PA. Celebration of the town’s heritage, artists, and craftsmen came with over 125 craft, food, and antique vendors. Jewelry designer Brandi Bobb detailed her love for artistry, highlighting the heart of the festival—family and love.

“I actually got into crafting through my grandmother and my mother. They always did craft shows as long as I can remember since I was just a toddler. But I started really enjoying jewelry and what it looked like and I thought ‘hey, I could do that.’ So, I try to do things that are true to me and this is something I do on the side, so it’s really just for my enjoyment than actual income. It’s nice if I can make a little bit too, but it’s really just the enjoyment and seeing people enjoy what I’ve created.”

It’s family-mindedness that drew crowds at the small-town festival. Local artist Lori Feehrer said the idea for her uniquely designed baby-safe stuffed animals grew from a love of her grandchildren. She said inspiration for her craft comes through the joy it brings others.

“I like actually creating the pieces. I like creating them and with what I do—putting the faces on them and they kind of come to life and they get their own personality and it just makes me happy.”

This year’s festival came during Union County’s Bicentennial celebration and touted free museum exhibits and a silent auction for locally handcrafted goods. Strolling musicians also entertained crowds at the family-friendly event. For more upcoming events in Union County, visit www.unioncounty200.com. (Carrie Haines)

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