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Holiday shopping begins at local arts-craft fairs

IRON RIVER—As area hunters prepare to head into the woods in pursuit of their prizes, area shoppers are getting ready to search for their treasures, too.
    Locally, three events are scheduled for Saturday, Nov. 15, that will be prime spots for those looking for special gifts.
    The 36th annual Christmas Art Fest will be held from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the West Iron County Elementary School gym. Those attending can shop local artisans for handcrafted gifts and Christmas décor, including holiday wreaths. Door prizes will be awarded and a light lunch will be served.
    Artists and crafters are encouraged to participate. Spaces are on a first-come basis. No application is needed. Cost is $20 for a 10-by-10-foot space. Set-up time begins at 7:30 a.m. The proceeds will go to the Stambaugh Elementary/PTO to support the Kids Winter Wear Collection Drive.
    In Crystal Falls, the Holiday Craft & Gift Fair will be held from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at United Lutheran Church. Items for sale include bake goods, stained glass, jewelry, Mary Kay cosmetics, painted rocks, fabric items and more. A sloppy joe lunch will be available.
    Also, the Immaculate Conception Church in Watersmeet will host a craft fair, bake sale and luncheon from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Bishop John Francis Doerfler of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Marquette will be on hand after the noon hour.
    A free beverage or cookie will be offered for any person who says the password “Santa.”
    Raffle entrants do not need to be present to win.
    All three craft shows feature many locally-made items for gifting and holiday decorating.