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A local woman wanted to showcase the community's creativity and talent Submitted: 03/29/2015
MERRILL - That's why she organized a spring craft and vendor show in Merrill. The show was Saturday at Les and Jim's Lincoln Lanes.

About 45 vendors came for the event.

Event organizer Laura Bares became interested in craft shows through another skillset.


"I really am passionate about scrapbooking, and I used to do a sale where I would use scrapbooking items, and from there I would get phone calls, people saying can I also sell my other crafts, and I thought well I have the space, let's do that," said Bares.

Bares says she's been fortunate to get to know the crafting community over the years.

It's something that her entire family gets involved with.

"We have six children and I'm expecting in May. So, I utilize my kids to come help. They were carrying all the stuff that we needed to set up," said Bares. "My son Cole was helping to sell the raffle tickets for relay for life, and my daughter was selling baked goods, and helping me with my own book business."

Bares, her husband and sister in law own the bowling alley.


Story By: Wren Clair

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