Thanks to whoever took this picture, I do believe it was one of the Borman gentlemen.
I can’t believe it is almost Craft Day! It is always the 1st Saturday in October and this year it is October 1st (yes this weekend). This is always an exciting time in our little community.
Our little town of Hatton is maybe 25 people, we don’t have a post office, store or things like that. No Starbucks, McDonald’s, Wal-Mart or Dollar General. BUT the one thing we have is a Community Hall, a Church and a former Store that we work out of for this event. The Hatton Community is much larger than the 25 people that live in town. The community works together to solicit and vet vendors (everything has to be homemade!), organize groups to man the food booths, bakes pies, pies and more pies. They also make ham and beans, cornbread, hamburgers and hot dogs, chicken salad sandwiches, pimento cheese sandwiches and ham and cheese sandwiches. We also make donuts and cinnamon rolls, caramel apples and have plenty of options to drink, tea, lemonade, soda, coffee! We also offer hayrides with tractors and mules to and from parking lots so you don’t have to lug all your buys from the vendor site to your car.
So before we get too busy here in Hatton, I would like to take the time to thank a few people. Abby Biggers, Elizabeth Knipp, and Amy Groves-you guys do an amazing job with the vendors (plus everything else you do!), it is a hard job and you work all year long on this, always making sure we clean up so we can possibly add more vendors or make their location more comfortable for them.
Jill Fansler-wow, you are amazing, you have the shopping down to a science and Marilyn Jones would be so proud of you taking over for her. You are great at organizing everything, sign up sheets, donut makers, and donut fryers, keeping everyone on schedule all day. Usually buying enough (and not too much!) food and drinks to last through out the day.
Lynn Linnenbringer-for being the “money” person all these years, making sure the drawers have the correct amount of change to start the day and working after everyone is finished to get numbers to us the next day.
Agnes Hatcher-for taking charge of everything from cleaning for weeks before to cooking all the beans Friday night into Saturday morning. Asking for pies, pies, and more pies, sending a sign up sheet for cornbread and asking for help from everyone from the very youngest to the oldest. You can always find a job or place for them to help out.
Jimmy Dunn, Ron Fansler, and Carson Humphreys for getting the grills going so early and getting that smell in the air! Nothing like grilling burgers and dogs at 8 am right guys, but people want them so you all deliver. And we always hear the compliments that they are the best anywhere. I know I am kind of partial but Jimmy can grill the best hamburgers, he is my personal grilling chef and I would rather have a hamburger than anything else.
All the ladies in the afternoon community club, thanks so much for all you do in preparation of the big day. There are too many ladies to list here and I don’t want to forget any of them.
All of you ladies and gentlemen that offer to work the early shift because that is really when the big rush comes, everyone wants those donuts, cinnamon rolls and coffee before they go shopping.
Most importantly, all the people that offer to come work all day long. I know it is a very long day and starts way earlier than 9 when the vendors open or end at 4 when the vendors shut down but you are why we have money to give educational scholarships, keep the community hall running and paying for NeighborFest and Independence Day celebration as well as other things throughout the year.
I can’t tell you enough how much you each mean to this community so just remember to take the time to thank someone working on Saturday for all their work. It takes the entire community to make it a success and we have the best community around as we have been showing everyone for the past 44 years.
If you are interested in helping in any way and don’t have another job, please look for Agnes Hatcher or myself, we are usually in the kitchen of the community hall and we will put you to work. If you can catch Jill Fansler, she will do the same thing but she is all over the place!
Hope to see lots of shoppers there, the weather is supposed to be beautiful and the food will be wonderful (like always!) and the homemade pies are awesome.
Just want to give a shout out to a couple of people that are vendors: 1st of all, one of our own Verna Shryock, she has been a vendor in every Hatton Craft Day, she does beautiful work, go see her. Second of all my daughter: who is very new to the vendor side of Craft Day. Her booth is Fruit of the Spirit and she sells jams, jellies and butters, they are yummy and if you were able to come to the wedding last week, it was her apple and pumpkin butter there on the tables. Next Cool Graphitti, the Knipps own a shop in Auxvasse and have been friends forever, they have awesome things and I love their Jack Daniel Patio table! Last Green Window Designs: Lori Doerhoff has lived in the community all her life and does some amazing things by repurposing materials, books, sweaters, old windows and doors. Please take the time to stop by their booths and tell them thanks for being part of our community. And there are 171 other vendors to check out as well.
How do you get there to join in on the fun and food? Well, take Interstate 70 to Exit 144 (Hatton Exit) and go North approximately 6 miles and turn west on State Highway E, you will start seeing traffic but it is about 2 miles down the road. Oh yeah, be careful, farmers will be out in their big equipment so you might have a little bit of a delay and feel sorry for them because they can’t get to Craft Day to get a sandwich or donut.
See you all on Saturday, remember vendors open at 9 am. Food booths are usually open by 8 am (and maybe a little bit earlier!).