Vendor spaces open at upcoming craft show, health fair

Event benefits student activities at Lamphere High

By: Andy Kozlowski | Madison - Park News | Published October 3, 2012

MADISON HEIGHTS — Later this month, the halls, gym and cafeteria at Lamphere High will be packed wall to wall with a staggering selection of one-of-a-kind goods — not to mention personal wellness experts sharing free information and services. 

Crafters and health care professionals are being sought for the annual Lamphere Fall Craft Show and Health Fair, a venue that typically draws about 110 vendors and 600-800 shoppers to the high school.

An 8-foot vendor space costs $50, while general admission is $2 for adults, $1 for senior citizens and free for children under age 10. The proceeds benefit LAFFS, or Lamphere Activities Fundraising Foundation for Students.  

LAFFS, in turn, benefits the students. Part of the money raised goes into scholarships for students: Last year, applicants were blind-judged on essay questions about community service, Rams spirit, plans to use the college money, and feedback on their years at Lamphere, and four of them received $500 college scholarships.

The money also helps LAFFS provide for needs like picnic tables and benches around the school, and events like the Senior All-Night Party on the night of graduation, so the students can have fun in a safe environment.

The craft show is a yearly tradition offering a wide variety of woodcarvings, ceramics, quilts, candles, spices, jewelry, novelty toys, lawn art and seasonal décor. Past years even featured handmade outfits for the geese statues seen on front porches and a selection of intricately decorated Faberge eggs.

“We route the attendees, so they make a round trip through the entire craft show,” said Dan Mohan, president of LAFFS. “No vendor is missed because it’s almost a one-way route, though you can go back and forth, if you like. If you’re looking for some unique gifts to give to somebody you care about, there are many seasonal items to choose from.”    

Vendors can count on volunteers to help set up, moving items from their car to the booth; vendors can even drive up to the front doors if they have heavy items they want to move a short distance. A table is included with each space, and crafters can bring racks or stands for additional display. For a nominal fee, they can get electricity, if needed, and volunteers will table-sit for them if they need to use the bathroom or grab a bite to eat.

Among the many volunteers are members of the GFWC Madison Heights Intermediate Women’s Club, Madison Heights Youth Assistance, and the school’s National Honor Society, wrestling squad and swim team. The wrestlers help set up tables and receive pizza and a bit of cash for their group, while the swimmers hold a bake sale to benefit their own activities. 

“It’s a community event,” said Dan Mohan’s wife, Mary Mohan, LAFFS secretary. “Everyone comes together and works together to get it done.”

More volunteers are always needed to help set up and break down the show, check people in, serve food or table-sit for the vendors.

“People can help for a little bit of time or all day, in the morning or in the evening,” Dan said. “There are a lot of chances to help out, and a variety of things they can do.”

At the health fair, there will be representatives from homeopathic clinics, chiropractors, organic food vendors and more. In addition to educational exhibits, there will be free services, including massages and blood pressure checks, available to crafters and customers alike.

The cafeteria will serve up snacks, such as caramel apples and chocolate-dipped pretzels sold by the volunteers. Some items, such as kettle corn, will be sold by vendors renting space.

Several 50/50 raffles will award prizes throughout the day. Among the prize items will be special items donated by crafters. The many talented creators are the heart and soul of the show.

As Dan Mohan said, “It’s a chance to purchase goods you might normally purchase, or stuff you can’t find anywhere else, while supporting someone in the community who could use your help.”

The annual Lamphere Fall Craft Show and Health Fair will take place at Lamphere High, 610 W. 13 Mile, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 27. Admission is $2 for adults, $1 for seniors and free for children ages 10 and under. An 8-foot vendor space costs $50. For more information about being a vendor or helping out as a volunteer, call (248) 589-7968 or email lam