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Both snow and love filled the air over the weekend.

ON “Love is in the air” The Sellers and Crafts Show took place in the banquet room of Marshalltown’s Best West Regency Inn on Saturday and had a successful day despite Windchill’s recommendation, event planners Ashley Anderson and Christina Best said.

“It actually went pretty well” Best said. “I think all of our vendors are very happy and they did well and we did well.”

The COVID-19 pandemic has made it difficult to plan events, and some scheduled events have had to be canceled due to gathering restrictions. Anderson Craft and Vendor Shows wasn’t something that could happen over the holidays and many vendors depend on them.

“It was nice to have these, they are hard to plan with all the different restrictions and requirements and everything, but we do our best to follow all the rules.” Said Anderson.

The banquet hall was filled with a multitude of vendors selling everything from jewelry to cooking utensils, handmade clothing to homemade artistic decorations.

KathyJo Davidson sold recycled solar lamps made from recycled glass and crystal.

“It’s about collecting glass and then putting it together in an attractive way that goes really well together.” Said Davidson.

Rosemary Pirkle sold hand-cast cement decorations with her signature painted on designs.

“I started painting on albums and then it kind of grew and now I can’t stop.” Said Pirkle.

While the turnout was slightly lower than expected due to the weather, vendors said it felt good to be on the go.

“The weather has put things down a bit and I think people are still a little nervous when they come out.” Said Pirkle. “But it feels good to be out here.”

Contact Trevor Babcock at 641-753-6611 or [email protected]

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