Local artisan Tabitha Dowds of Tea Rose Farms & Crafts watches as Lill Klassen smells one of the hand-made soaps her friend Hilda Penner shows her. Beth Audet photo.

A smorgasbord of goodies at Barriere Senior’s Hall Variety Fair

‘It’s really neat and there’s been a good amount of people…’

Barriere’s Seniors Hall was rich with milk and honey this weekend, literally.

The Barriere & District Senior Society held its semi-annual variety fair on Saturday, Sept. 29.

Local artisans lined the hall with booths featuring art, crafts, soaps, oils, tupperware, honey, baked goods and more.

The smell was intoxicating.

Liz Gilbertson, chairperson for the variety fair, said the event was mutually beneficial for the vendors and the seniors.

“With there being so many, you know, little in-home businesses, this gives them a chance to come out and people can see them.”

Even if a sale is not made initially, many of the vendors handed out business cards, she said, so down the road people can reach out when they have to buy a birthday gift, etc.

“The vendors that I talked to, they’re just saying, ‘It’s to get my face out there’,” she said.

Vendors needed only to pay for their booth and they got to keep 100 per cent of their profits.

The Seniors Society then handled the concession booth plus a dessert booth that sold a smorgasbord of goodies baked by its members.

Gilbertson said the society holds this fair twice a year, in Spring and in Fall. You can look forward to another array of quality local products again in March.

As for Saturday’s fair, Gilbertson declared it a success.

“I am really pleased. It’s really neat and there’s been a good amount of people, especially after the sun came out. Then the people started to come.”

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