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Thousands flock to 45th Annual Arts and Crafts Extravaganza in Cape

More than 300 vendors filled the Show-Me-Center and Osage Centre for the event, which features hand crafted items that vendors sell as gifts. (Source: Mike Mohundro/KFVS) More than 300 vendors filled the Show-Me-Center and Osage Centre for the event, which features hand crafted items that vendors sell as gifts. (Source: Mike Mohundro/KFVS)
CAPE GIRARDEAU, MO (KFVS) -

The 45th Annual Arts and Crafts Extravaganza kicked off in Cape Girardeau on Saturday.

As of Saturday afternoon, more than 7,000 people had already been in attendance.

Murielle Gaither, Arts Council of Southeast Missouri Director, said they are on track to surpassing the 14,000 people that showed up at last year's event.

More than 300 vendors filled the Show-Me-Center and Osage Centre for the event, which features hand crafted items that vendors sell as gifts.

There are a variety of gifts including wreaths, candles, roasted nuts, baked goods and more.

Gaither said the event is great for vendors to make some extra cash for the holidays. She also said this event brings in many people not just from around the Cape Girardeau area, but also many surrounding states.

Gaither said Cape Girardeau sees a lot of people staying in hotels, eating at restaurants and doing other shopping in town during this weekend, which helps provide more revenue for the city.

"The majority of our vendors come from the Missouri area," Gaither said. "But a good 40 to 50 percent of our vendors come from Ohio, Kentucky, Arkansas, Tennessee. We even have vendors from Texas, Alabama and Florida. People travel from all over the country."

This goes for visitors too.

But the event is not all about the gifts.

Many vendors and customers talk with each other about about items people might want crafted for next year. Some vendors even talk about how they craft some of the items their selling.

For one vendor, Kimberly Ward of Marble Hill, the event is special in many ways.

Ward believes the event can be educational for children and their creativity.

"It's important to keep creativity and art with the children," Ward said. "It keeps them out of trouble and it gives them to explore ideas of their own. Give them ideas on what they can do to make stuff."

This year's show wraps up on Sunday at 4 p.m.

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