Points West: Oct. 7-8 Galena Country Fair a weekend for shopping, savoring

GALENA, Ill.—More than 150 artists and craftspeople from across the country will gather in Galena Oct. 7-8 for Galena Country Fair. Picturesque Grant Park, overlooking Galena, will be bustling with vendors selling original handmade products, shoppers searching for unique items and gifts, and food booths selling fair favorites and specialty foods.

Shoppers will find a diverse collection of original products, including hand-woven baskets, wheel-thrown and hand-built pottery, freehand-painted boxes, hand-poured soy wax candles, hand-sewn holiday décor, personalized ornaments, hand-stitched quilts, custom floral arrangements, handcrafted stainless steel jewelry, original watercolor paintings and hand-scribed calligraphy.

Food booths, offering a selection of fair favorites and specialty foods, will satisfy shoppers’ appetites. Early shoppers can grab a European Breakfast at the Gazebo Garden, or choose from a selection of homemade pastries at the Bakery. Throughout the day, vendors will sell homemade French fries, fresh funnel cakes, delectable caramel apples, and hot-off-the-grill chicken and brats.

The fair will feature many family activities, including children’s games and contests, live entertainment, Irish dancing, a silent auction and raffle. Before departing for home, shoppers can gather locally-grown produce fresh from the farm. Farmers’ market vendors offer apples, squash, pumpkins and gourds, plus honey and maple syrup.

For more Galena Country Fair information, visit www.galenacountryfair.org or call (815) 777-0817. The Web site features event and vendor information, maps, parking and shuttle details. A special section highlights the vendors and includes product descriptions.

Galena Country Fair is a not-for-profit event organized by the Galena Country Fair Planning Committee. The committee strives to meet the goals of Jo Daviess County Country Fair Charities (JDCCFC), a fund-raising organization with a mission to facilitate and assist charitable causes throughout the county. JDCCFC distributed more than $65,000 after the 2005 fair.

From the Sept. 6-12, 2006, issue

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