Holiday crafts fair to be held at the Yampa Valley Regional Airport |

Holiday crafts fair to be held at the Yampa Valley Regional Airport

Vendors help a customer select a gift at last year's arts and crafts fair held at the Yampa Valley Regional Airport. This year's fair will be held form 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday.

— For the past four years, Peter DeWolf has helped customers choose a gift for family members and friends for the upcoming holiday season.

“I get to be part of somebody’s gift giving, and I’m honored by it,” said DeWolf, owner of Steamboat Toffee. “There is a great sense of community.”

At the annual Arts and Crafts Fair hosted by the Yampa Valley Regional Airport, artists have the opportunity to share their work from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. The variety of items include anything from handmade soaps and lotions, jewelry, clothing, photography, candles, etched glassware, home decor items, toffee, cinnamon buns and more.

New to this year’s art fair is the exhibition of original mini quilts in celebration of the 20th anniversary of the Delectable Mountain Quilters Guild. Currently, there are 26 quilts in the collection created by members of the guild as a challenge project. Their task was to create a quilt depicting what is special about the Yampa Valley and Colorado. A common theme among all the quilts is the river, and the quilters all used the same blue fabric to depict this.

Why this project posed such a challenge was because quilters usually find a niche and stay pretty close to that, airport business manager Dorris Mayhan said. However, they designed these quilts from scratch.

“This project was definitely out of the comfort zone for many,” she said. “But the results are truly fantastic.”

Always held on the first Saturday in November since its inception in 2010, the fair was first held in the ticketing lobby of the airport with a mere 18 booth spaces. This year, it has expanded to include 37 vendors who are crafters and artisans from Hayden, Steamboat Springs, Craig, Walden, Rifle, Meeker, Grand Junction and Jackson Hole, Wyoming.

“I think the airport creates a special ambiance and we wanted to show all the local folks and vendors that the airport is a big part of the community,” Mayhan said. “We want them to know that the people who work here are not strangers but rather neighbors and relatives.”

Airport manager Dave Ruppel said one of their intentions with this event is to educate people so they can learn what the airport is all about.

“Many people are not all that aware of what makes this airport operate and why it’s important to the community,” Ruppel said. “This is their chance to see what goes on and talk to the people who work here.”

To reach Audrey Dwyer, call 970-871-4229, email or follow her on Twitter @Audrey_Dwyer1

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