All For Show

BROADALBIN – Most of the vendors at the fifth annual Fulton-Montgomery County Home Show and Craft Fair said they agreed that the show is the most organized event they participate in during the year.

“I think this fair is awesome,” Rich Rossi, vendor from Fox Blocks, said. “It has a great purpose, the coordinators do a great job and it’s always so incredibly organized. I’ve already pre-paid for my vending booth next year.”

The two-day show, which is hosted by the Broadalbin Youth Commission, had nearly 100 vendors and brought in 700 visitors to Broadalbin-Perth High School on Saturday.

Keith Buchanan, coordinator of the event, said last year the show raised $20,000, and he’s hoping this year they’ll bring in the same amount, “if not more.” All of the money raised goes toward the Youth Commission’s goal of creating a new town park in the future.

Buchanan said he loves organizing the event because it’s a great way for residents to see each other and catch up, and local vendors can showcase their businesses.

“We get vendors from Fulton and Montgomery counties, and it’s a great way to spark local recognition,” he said. “We’re always trying to promote local businesses and this is a great way to showcase a local business. We also get to see old friends that we don’t normally get a chance to see.”

According to Buchanan, the show is also reasonably priced for vendors, with booth prices ranging from $125 to $175. Buchanan said the same booth would cost about $1,000 in Albany.

Rossi attested to Buchanan that he does shows in Albany and Halfmoon and they cost him about $1,000.

Buchanan said a lot of his vendors are businesses that have been coming to the show since it was created. Every year they pre-pay for the next year so that they can have the same spot because “they love the show so much.”

Megan Crane, owner of Frame Name by Crane, which designs photo frames and other decorative items for the home, said this is her first year participating in the show.

“I finally got a spot here at the fair [as a vendor],” Crane said. “I’m a Broadalbin-Perth graduate and I moved back to the district recently. I was a member of the Youth Commission and I know this show is for a great cause, so I really wanted a booth to showcase my work.”

Joe Artikuski, Jr., owner of B&B Equipment Co. in Gloversville, a five-year returning vendor, also appreciated the organization of the event.

“Every year I come back because the show is so successful,” Artikuski said. “This is a very nice way to support the community; it’s inexpensive to participate and it’s a nice way to meet new people and see some of my customers.”

The Home Show and Craft Fair will continue today from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the high school. The Easter Bunny will be available for photos from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. There will also be free child ID and registration provided by the Fulton County Sheriff’s Department, and a free woodworking clinic for children provided by Lowe’s.