Arts & Crafts Festival 2018

The Seymour Arts & Crafts Festival raised $6,290 on April 14 to go toward expansion of Seymour Public Library. Thirty-nine local artists and craftspeople came together around the library grounds to offer a wide variety of products.

Friends of the Library, who hosted the event, consider it to be a great success, not just because of the money raised but also because of the community support it engendered.

Warm, sunny weather helped attract people to the event, where items from paintings to jellies, children's tutus and bee traps were for sale. At times, gusts of wind caused problems for booth owners, threatening canopies and sending items skittering across the ground. Nevertheless, vendors and buyers enjoyed the day.

The festival was truly a community effort. Many local businesses generously contributed beautiful door prizes. The Woodpickers, T.J. Artis, Matt Wahl, Brandywine and the Mill Creek Muleskinners provided music.

The Methodist Youth and their parents provided beverages and desserts as well as a craft activity for children. This was a community service project for the youth group who donated their time and efforts for the day. They earned $100 from selling baked goods which they gave to the Building Expansion Fund for the library. The Methodist Youth Booth was named Festival Favorite by visitors who cast ballots for their favorite booth.

Magician Tony Wilhelm delighted the children, and the Creative Theater won rave reviews. We'd also like to thank Sevier County Public Library System for allowing the library to be open for three hours, though it is usually closed on Saturdays.

We deeply appreciate the sponsors who made the whole event possible. They are Boyds Creek Animal Hospital, Chapman's Restaurant and TN Pizza Co., Countryside Apartments, Daniel Family Dentistry, Dr Gealon Thomas, DDS., E & C Waste, Floyd's Equipment, Hometown Insurance Group, Larry Stephens of State Farm Insurance, Secure Title Agency, Seymour First Baptist Church, Seymour Chamber of Commerce, Teresa Luttrell of REMAX, Valley Grove Baptist Church, Wanda Hendryx of Realty Executives Advantage, and Zippy Printz.

The library, which has one-seventh of the floor space of King Family Library in Sevierville but almost as many patrons, desperately needs expansion. Every little bit helps. We are delighted that everyone supported this fundraiser so whole-heartedly. Only with community support can our dream of a bigger library be realized. Our thanks to all who helped make this day so successful.