JOHNSTOWN – Leather handbags, wooden birdhouses, handmade scarves and pink ribbon breast cancer awareness cupcakes were among the many items being sold at Johnstown High School’s seventh annual Spring Craft Fair on Saturday.
According to Carm Anagnostopulos, organizer of the event and chairwoman of the Johnstown High School Parent-Teacher-Student Association, more than 800 people poured into the JHS hallways to check out the vendors and help support the school.
“It’s a lot of work to get this event all together and organized, but it’s definitely worth it,”Anagnostopulos said.
She said the PTSA had been working tirelessly on the craft fair since mid-November, and it all came together successfully on Saturday.
The PTSA raised money at the event through space rentals for the contributing vendors -10 by 10-foot spaces for a $45 non-refundable deposit.
With roughly 50 vendors at Saturday’s craft fair, the PTSA made about $2,250, but Anagnostopulos said she didn’t have a fundraising goal set for the day.
“Of course we want to make as much as we can at this craft fair,” she said, “but we also want to bring the community out, get them in our high school and let them have a good time.”
Anagnostopulos said the PTSA will use the money from Saturday’s fair for scholarships and creating agenda books for the following year.
The PTSA made the event free to the public, but attendees were asked to bring a non-perishable food item for the Needy or Alone and Hungry Food Pantry, operated by the local Council of Churches.
“We make this event free and ask people to donate to NOAH,” she said. “It’s a way for us to give back and help. A lot of people have donated today and the food just keeps piling into the donation boxes.”
The craft fair also allowed various groups – including the graduating classes of 2015 and 2016, the JHS bowling team, the soccer team, the Purple and Gold Club and the Post-Prom Party Committee – to raise funds.
Lisa VanAernam, advisor for the graduating class of 2016, said her group made about $200.
“It’s been a great day,” she said. “The PTSA does a great job organizing this and getting the crafters all in one place, under one roof, for the community to come out and participate.”
Megan Anagnostopulos, treasurer for the class of 2015, said the class was selling refreshments to help fund their class trip.
“We’re not sure where we want to go [for our class trip] yet,” Megan said. “We’re thinking Florida or Myrtle Beach. We’ve made around $200 today which will help us with the trip. We’ve also had a pretty good time today.”
Carm Anagnostopulos said even though the PTSA organized the event successfully, they’re still in need of support.
“Anyone should join the PTSA,” she said. “It’s a great way for parents to be involved in their child’s school events and to find out what’s going on. It’s also a good way to voice opinions, come up with ideas and make the students’ time in high school filled with memories.”