UPDATE: OVU Craft Fair postponed due to COVID-19
As of Tuesday morning, the OVU Craft Fair has been postponed due to COVID-19 regulations on large gatherings, according to Cassy Offenberger, advisory of the OVU Student Athletic Advisory Committee and organizer of the fair. A new date has not yet been determined, as Offenberger said organizers must wait to see if and when regulations are changed.
ORIGINAL STORY: 7/13/20
PARKERSBURG, W.Va (WTAP) - The Ohio Valley University’s Student Athletic Advisory Committee (OVU SAAC) is hosting a craft fair this weekend to benefit the Make-A-Wish Foundation. It will be held from 9 A.M. to 4 P.M. in City Park on Saturday, July 18.
The event was originally planned for March but had to be rescheduled due to COVID-19. Vendors are largely local and will be offering jewelry, woodworking pieces, children’s clothing, and more.
The fair will also raise money for the Student Athletic Advisory Committee, in addition to Make-A-Wish. The committee had also planned to hold additional fundraising events, including an Easter egg hunt and a cornhole tournament, but they were canceled due to the ongoing pandemic.
“It’s really rewarding when we raise a lot of money and when there are a lot of people showing up...It’s great to put something out there for the community, for the kids and the adults, and then for that money to go to Make-A-Wish,” said Cassy Offenberger, advisor of the OVU SAAC. Offenberger has organized the craft fair for the last three years.
The OVU SAAC had intended to hold additional fundraising events this year, including a cornhole tournament and an Easter egg hunt, but those events were canceled as a result of the ongoing pandemic, Offenberger explained.
Vendors will be both indoors and outdoors, and safety guidelines will be followed. While indoors, customers will be asked to wear a mask and maintain social distancing. And social distancing will be encouraged outdoors, as well.
To learn more about the fair, visit the event’s Facebook page.
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