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31st annual Sugar Plum Festival weekend draws large crowd of holiday shoppers

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The Oakridge Sugar Plum Festival is always a great place to buy your holiday gifts.

By GEORGE CUSTER/Editor  —  If it’s not here, you probably don’t need it. The Oakridge Sugar Plum festival was first started in 1991 by a handful of crafters. This year’s event boasts over 35 crafters and stalls.

I can’t recall visiting an indoor Arts and Crafts festival that had such a variety of gifts of all kinds. Sunday was for the late-comers, like myself. The other good news was that the vendors were all still there Sunday afternoon.

The offerings were endless

I was supposed to be working on another project in town. However, my wife insisted that I take time out and check out the Festival. I was glad I did. I was a bit overwhelmed at the vast assortment of handcrafted work on display.

There were hand made gifts of every imaginable type. Knitted booties that were so cute, jewelry of every kind, pottery, plaques, clothing for the whole family, lots of edibles and wearables.

Everyone seemed happy to be there. Lots of friendly people – but then again, that’s Oakridge for you.

These looked like some “furrily” enticing dog treats. Herald photo

Even gifts for your furry best friend could be gotten here. Viki Fowler’s dog treats looked good enough for even an old hound like myself. My better manners said I should not try one. I’d sit, or even roll over for one.

These treats I could eat

Next stop whetted my appetite even more. A very tempting display of sugar cookies, hand made by Chelsea Keller, caught my eye. Her sister, Marissa Wilson sat patiently by to assist as necessary. It was all I could do to keep walking past.

Maureen and Ken Steelman stand amongst their city of hand-crafted wood houses.

Ken and Maureen Steelman are the owners of Grizzled Woodworks. They had a veritable city arranged with their handsome and very detailed wooden houses and cottages. The artistry was impressive.

Too much good stuff

I could have stayed longer, and would have ended up eating cookies and buying great gifts for my whole tribe. BUT, I now had a story to write and eventually get back to that job that I left the house to work on. Visiting the Sugar Plum Festival and talking with so many nice folks was a total win for me, though.

Certainly, no holiday fair would be complete without a few Christmas trees to adorn the event. Herald photo

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