Dawn and Chris Fee of Knoxville, owners of Ah Jeez, were having a great time at the ABWA Craft Fair selling their food products mixes. Ah Jeez, also the name of a bicycling group the Fees belong to, started after the two made dips and cheesecakes for biking charity events to raise money. Chris said in 2012 they realized they made some pretty good money selling these mixes and people seemed to love them. So, they built a commercial kitchen at their home and went into business. At the craft fair, they were one of a number of food-based vendors and they were selling mixes for a variety of flavors of dips, cheesecakes, soups, breads and salads. They also noted they have the first-ever “wine bread” mix, which joins their variety of beer bread mixes. “Ah Jeez” is a saying that Dawn’s dad used to say, Chris said, and their business card adds to the Ah Jeez name, “It’s good.”
Lorraine Willett of Brooklyn ties bows while tending to her booth, Heart of the Country, which featured lots of wooden pieces. The bows she was tying, she said, were for her grandsons, who are in Boy Scouts. The bows will go on wreathes the Boy Scouts sell. Her real craft is what was featured in her booth — she builds little tables and other pieces by cutting all the parts, painting them, sanding them for a distressed look and then putting the pieces together. She loves doing it and has been coming to the Nevada ABWA fair for around 20 or more years. She is 68 years old, now, she said, so she’s not sure exactly how many more years she’ll be doing this.
Nevada High School juniors Morgan Tupper and Haley Miller work at the concession stand in the high school during the ABWA Craft Fair on Sunday morning.
Roberta Walker-Kruger, of Nevada, looks at a candy dish snowman being sold by Joyce Rudish of Mt. Vernon. Rudish had many holiday items at her Crafty Critterz stand.
Melissa Steiner of Eldora, representing Trades of Hope, which partners with artisans around the world, said it was her first time being at the Nevada ABWA Craft Fair. She was located in the main room at Gates Hall.
Scott and Diane Miller of Urbandale stand in the middle of their booth for their business, Cross Creek Crafters And Vintage. One of the most popular sellers of the weekend, Scott said, are the wine racks seen behind them. The racks are made pallets and barn wood. They had a variety of items in their collection, and Scott said they started this crafting hobby business about five years ago. Another popular item they had were 4x4 foot crosses made out of old fence posts. “All of our stuff is recycled from something,” Scott said.
Scott Miller pointed out this item in his booth, saying it is made from the wood of a barn at Sully that was built in 1938.
Leora Darrah-Jarnagin talks with RoseAnn “Rosie” Ball of Nevada. Jarnagin was selling all kinds of hand-made items, made by her cousin Leora Becker of Minnesota, who gives them to Jarnigan to sell and raise funds for Alzheimer’s Research. Jarnagin’s Alzheimer fundraising team, Walkin’ For Mom, is one of the most successful fundraising teams around for Alzheimer’s, a disease that claimed the life of Jarnagin’s mother.
Kim Barker (facing the camera at left) and Kristi Elliott talk to Ani Johnson of Albion and her 5-year-old daughter, Jayde Harrelson, about their LipSense products. Johnson said she had come to the craft and vendor fair to join her mother-in-law and cousins, who have been attending for years. Johnson said her daughter is the granddaughter of Randy Harrelson of Nevada.
Hannah Swanson, a Nevada graduate, had some help from her uncle, Mike Swanson, and her dad, John Swanson, on Sunday at her booth for the bakery business she now owns, called Hannah Baker’s. Her stand was nearly empty by Sunday, as what was a booth full of baked goods Saturday had mostly been sold out. Popular items for many were her homemade croissants in both regular and chocolate flavors, and her cookies. Watch for an upcoming feature in the Nevada Journal about this business.
Photos by Marlys Barker