REENFIELD — If you’ve seen the banners hung across Main and State streets, you know that spring is really here because it’s time for the Riley Wranglers Craft Fair.
In its 31st year, the craft fair has grown from just one building to now include three separate areas. The 4-H Building, the Sheep Barn, and the Pavilion outside are needed to accommodate the more than 100 craft and commercial vendors from all over the state, from as far away as Lafayette, Terre Haute and Fort Wayne.
Among the craft items on sale will be quilts, paintings, handmade jewelry, woodcraft, hand-painted gourds, flowers and floral arrangements, puppets, homemade soap, candles, toys, purses, leather goods, cast pewter figures, handmade furniture, woven baskets and stained glass.
Commercial vendors will include Thirty-one Gifts, the Fuller Brush Co., Creative Memories Scrapbooking items, Tupperware, Gourmet-to-Go, Italian Charms, several home improvement companies and Pampered Chef.
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“It is the perfect place to purchase gifts for Mother’s Day, Father’s Day, birthdays, and of course early Christmas gifts,” said Shirley Rifner, co-president of the Riley Wranglers with her husband, Steve.
The Rifners have been working on the craft fair for 14 of its 31 years. They will actually celebrate their 44th wedding anniversary on Friday night while setting up for the show.
“We’ll probably go out to dinner afterward,” Steve Rifner said.