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Broadalbin Youth Commission craft fair this weekend

BROADALBIN — The Broadalbin Youth Commission is hosting its first ever craft fair on Saturday and Sunday.

The youth commission, known for its homeshow and craft fair that takes place annually in March, is holding a craft fair this weekend in place of the Eagle Mills craft show that was canceled this year, said Keith Buchanan.

“All of the vendors from Eagle Mills had no place to go and were looking for a craft show,” Buchanan said.

Therefore, he said the youth commission decided to have a craft fair this weekend, but rather than a homeshow and craft fair, they are just going to have crafters.

According to a Facebook post in June from the owners of Eagle Mills, John Arnao and Susan Arnao, Eagle Mills is up for sale, and as a result will not be opening for the 2019 season, which means their annual craft show is not taking place this year.

“While we don’t have a buyer just yet, we do anticipate that future owners will continue many of the traditions and events that are annually held at the Eagle Mills in the 2020 season,” their Facebook post states. “We greatly appreciate your loyalty and support during the past eight seasons. It has been our pleasure to serve so many wonderful guests, meet new friends and make so many lasting memories.”

The Broadalbin Youth Commission Craft Fair will be on Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and on Sunday 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Broadalbin-Perth High School. Buchanan said since the event takes place at the high school, pets will not be allowed inside.

“There will be all kinds of crafters — maple syrup, fudge, Christmas decorations — all sorts of different things,” Buchanan said.

The craft fair will feature about 60 vendors, apple cider donuts and apple cider to be sold by the youth commission along with kettle corn and pop corn.

The Broadalbin-Kennyetto Fire Company will be at the craft fair raffling off a four-wheeler.

The Broadalbin-Perth senior class will also be serving food at the concession stand.

“Start doing your Christmas shopping early and enjoy some food,” Buchanan said.

All proceeds go toward funding the Broadalbin Town Park, which Buchanan said is 97 percent complete.

Buchanan said the youth commission has hired a contractor to help fertilize the playing field and re-seed it.

“We are in the process of purchasing a water system to help irrigate the grass,” Buchanan said.

He said they anticipate the park will be ready for use by Fall 2020. Buchanan said they want to make sure there is good turf before community members start using the park.

“We always want people to understand the park is for the whole community and not just for kids,” Buchanan said.

He said they hope to continue to do future projects for the park including walking paths, more pavilions and a volley ball court.

Buchanan said he is excited for the town “to have a nice park for the community to come and use.”

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