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Craftfest Looks to Top Fundraising Efforts

Nov 06, 2014 01:23PM ● Published by Kevin

Summit High School CRAFTFEST 2014 takes place this Saturday, Nov. 8, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Summit High School - Arlington, TX. The event, which has been an annual outing for almost a decade, is orchestrated by the Summit Band Boosters, a nonprofit working to support the Summit High School band programs.

The 2014 event has 140 vendors selling their unique handmade crafts. Throughout the day, various groups will perform for vendors and attendees, including: Summit Show Choir, Stage Door Dance, a puppet show by 
Walnut Ridge Baptist Church, Busho Kai USAPalace Dance Center, Ms. Jane's Academy of Dance Excellence, and A Step In Time

"The weather looks to be beautiful and we are anticipating a great turnout," said publicity committee chairperson Amy Hoffman. The boosters are expecting 3,000 people to be in attendance.

Hoffman said the goal is to break the $13,000 mark in this year's fundraiser, which will top last year's amount. Parents will be working hard on Friday night to set up the event, and students will join in on Saturday morning to finish things off. Both parents and students will volunteer all day at the event, helping vendors and guests as they navigate through the craft show.

"We are excited to be utilizing one of our gyms this year to showcase vendors as well as our cafeteria and popular Jag room," Hoffman said. "We hope to have another successful Craftfest to benefit our hard-working band students and directors."

Concessions will be available all day with a variety of lunch items and snacks.  

All proceeds go toward making the band programs better, including bringing in master class conductors for each instrument in order to help students grow and improve. Hoffman reported the event itself has grown bigger every year.

The boosters also host a March-a-Thon in mid-September, TNT Fireworks for Fourth of July and New Year's, and a Jazz Dinner Dance in early-March to support the band programs.

Tickets are $2 for adults. Children ages 12 and under, as well as Mansfield ISD staff, have free admission. For more information, visit summitband.com/Summit_Band/Home.html

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