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Farmington High dance team hosts craft fair

Joshua Kellogg
jkellogg@daily-times.com
Members of the Kelly Greens dance team rehearse a routine on Wednesday during practice in the Farmington High School cafeteria.

FARMINGTON – The Farmington High School Kelly Greens dance team is gearing up for its 30th annual craft fair with a new, larger location to allow more vendors.

More than 200 vendors from the Four Corners will fill the McGee Park Convention Center Saturday as the team presents its biggest fundraiser of the year.

The event was relocated to McGee Park this year due to construction on the Farmington High campus, coach Vickie Campbell said. The ongoing construction limits access to parking and would have created issues for vendors looking to unload their goods.

Campbell said the new location allows more vendors to participate, but she still turned down more than 20 applications due to a lack of space. The event has filled all its vendor space for the last five years.

Members of the Kelly Greens dance team go through a routine Wednesday in the Farmington High School cafeteria. The team will stage a fundraiser this weekend.

The craft fair will feature a wide variety of vendors from the area selling clothing, jewelry, homemade crafts and more. Campbell said she has seen vendors sell artwork, woodworking projects, handmade bows and painted rocks in the past.

FHS senior Kianna Dart said the event is a lot of work for the dancers, who help run the event by taking admission fees, providing support to the vendors and selling homemade food, including cinnamon rolls, breakfast burritos and Frito pies.

“We’ll be there from 5 a.m. to help vendors set up. It’s a long day,” Dart said. “It’s a really great fundraiser for us, so it’s definitely worth it.”

The event has raised about $10,000 to $12,000 for the team in years past, according to Campbell. Funds raised help pay for team expenses, including uniforms, choreography lessons and technical training.

A portion of the money raised from the event will benefit the Farmington-based nonprofit organization Peach’s Neet Feet. The organization provides custom, hand-painted shoes to children fighting life-threatening illnesses and living with disabilities.

Kelly Greens dance team coach Vickie Campbell talks with members about a routine on Wednesday during practice in the Farmington High School cafeteria.

The event will feature live entertainment for the first time this year. A number of area dance studios will perform Christmas dances during the event, and musicians will perform holiday music to add to the festive mood, Campbell said.

Joshua Kellogg covers education for The Daily Times. He can be reached at 505-564-4627.

If you go

What: Farmington High School Kelly Greens craft fair

Where: McGee Park Convention Center, 41 County Road 5568

When: 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday

Admission: $1

More info: Visit bit.ly/kellygreencraftfair