Fair weekend in Little Falls deemed a success, in spite of Sunday’s storms

By Tina SnellStaff Writer

Vendors and buyers began arriving in Little Falls Wednesday, Sept. 4, even though the Antiques and Collectibles Fair and the Arts and Crafts  Fair didn’t start until Saturday, Sept. 7. Everyone wanted to be prepared for the 41st Arts Fair and the 11th annual Antiques Fair.

The weather predictors were promising a hot Saturday and possible rain for Sunday.

They were right on both predictions. Temperatures reached into the low 90s Saturday, with high humidity and it poured most of Sunday.

Cheryl O’Meara from Breckinridge set up her booth at the Antiques and Collectibles Fair in Little Falls Sept. 7-8 for the first time. Collecting and selling antiques is a hobby for her and since she heard great things about the Little Falls fair, and it fit into her schedule, she decided to give it a try.

Cheryl O’Meara from Breckinridge set up her booth at the Antiques and Collectibles Fair in Little Falls Sept. 7-8 for the first time. Collecting and selling antiques is a hobby for her and since she heard great things about the Little Falls fair, and it fit into her schedule, she decided to give it a try.

“Saturday was very hot and the afternoon crowds seemed a bit thin,” said Stacy Zeigler of the Little Falls Chamber of Commerce. “Most vendors reported they had good sales, generally equal to the previous year. Many said last year was their best in 10 years, so I’m happy they’ve held that level.”

Zeigler was impressed with how many patrons braved the intense rain Sunday.

“We gave all the vendors the permission to take down early to prevent product loss,” she said. “But some stuck it out until the end. The local stores reported good traffic for both days.”

Zeigler said that sometimes, bad weather is the local shop’s best friend (and the vendors’ enemy).

“All in all, we’ve had positive responses from vendors and patrons alike,” she said.

A family from Crookston and Climax in Minnesota, and Hope, N.D., came to Little Falls for the first time.

Carrying their newest acquisition back to the car at the Little Falls Arts and Crafts Fair, Sept. 7, were Char Haber, left, of St. Joseph and her daughter, Stacey Runke of Delano. They have been coming to the Fair for 21 years. “It’s the time spent together that we enjoy the most,” Haber said.

Carrying their newest acquisition back to the car at the Little Falls Arts and Crafts Fair, Sept. 7, were Char Haber, left, of St. Joseph and her daughter, Stacey Runke of Delano. They have been coming to the Fair for 21 years. “It’s the time spent together that we enjoy the most,” Haber said.

“We had a blast spending the day walking around and shopping in your beautiful town,” said Carla Geving. “We were impressed with the free shuttle service. It worked out perfectly for us as we are not familiar with Little Falls. Thank you for organizing this event.”

Mary Lee Ruegemer of Maple Grove used to sell at the Little Falls Craft Fair, but has switched to antiques. She has been a part of the event for six years.

“I love this business,” she said. “I also love Le Bourget Park. The people are loads of fun.”

Antiques and Collectibles Fair organizer Deb Retka said it was a great show this year.

“Everyone said they did well. I think it was the biggest show yet,” she said. “Shoppers told me the event was as good as they were told and there was 100 percent return of vendors from last year.”

Retka, who worked the 40th annual Car Show at the Morrison County Fairgrounds Sunday, said the rain didn’t help that event at all. It ended early, unfortunately.

Go to mcrecord.com to see photos from the fairs.

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