Elkton Country Street Fair welcomes young vendors for the first time

The Elkton County Street Fair returns this weekend and, for the first time, will include a children’s vendor section to allow young artisans, bakers and artists to sell their wares to their community.

Young Vendors will be available from 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Saturday during the fair and will feature vendors from the age of 8 through high school age. They will sell everything from resin molds, sewing pillows, greeting cards and many other crafts and baked goods.

Kris Diebel participated in the arrival of young sellers at the fair. He had previously helped bring the young vendors to Pigeon Summerfest and wanted to bring him to Elkton.

“The children did very well and were able to reap the benefits of the work they put in,” Kris said. “We had 17 kids at Summerfest, and they sold their sewing, decorations, and woodcarvings. It made them want to be an entrepreneur. They managed the money and they talked to people.

It was after Summerfest that Kris asked Elkton to add young vendors to the street fair. Her children, Kacey, 12, and Kaylee, 8, had participated in the Summerfest youth vendor section and had fun selling their wares. They are looking forward to the street fair to sell more of their handicrafts.

“I sold embroidery designs, diamond art, and baked goods,” Kacey said. “I really liked talking to people because normally I’m very shy and I learned how to handle money.”

“I’ve also sold diamond art, craft projects from kits, and baked goods,” Kaylee said. “I liked to sell the things I made to people.”

The goal for young sellers that Kris hopes to achieve with these small craft shows is to educate children about money management and running their own business. For the most part, she explained, the kids ran the show with help from parents or older siblings when it came to making changes. For Summerfest, they had a youth vendor as young as 3 years old who got help from their siblings.

“The kids were so excited to see how much they were earning,” Kris said. “When it started, I thought it was a wonderful idea. The community showed their support for the kids, and their parents got to see their kids become vendors.

There are currently eight young vendors registered at the street fair with a variety of different crafts and products that the children have made.

The Elkton Country Street Fair will take place this Saturday, September 24 and will feature live music, other vendors and activities until 3 p.m. with young vendors available from 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.

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