MAXTON — Prospect United Methodist Church is calling on crafty residents.
The Maxton sanctuary needs handicrafters to set up shop at its second annual Harvest Festival fundraiser on Sept. 26.
“It’s a way for them to make money and it’s a way for us to benefit the less fortunate,” said Karon Hunt, a member of the church’s Hospitality Committee.
Money raised during the event will be donated to the Robeson County Church and Community Center. A drop-off station for non-perishable food will also be available.
Headquartered on West Fifth Street in Lumberton, the center helps struggling residents pay for utilities, rent and medical supplies and operates a food bank, a home store and clothing collection.
More than $3,000 and 2,000 cans of food were raised for the nonprofit during last year’s festival. Hunt says that hundreds of shoppers turned out to peruse an array of handmade items from 25 vendors.
“They did early Christmas shopping and enjoyed some of the local crafters whose work they normally wouldn’t be able to buy,” she said. “Some of the vendors did quite well. They had people buzzing around their booths practically the whole time.”
Some of the more notable offerings included painted gourds, lawn decor and flags, handcrafted jewelry, jars of homemade honey and dried sage. The items ranged in price from $3 to $90.
“It seemed to generate a lot of different vendors with things you couldn’t buy in stores,” Hunt said.
Vendor applications can be requested by calling Hunt at 910-521-3676. The deadline for applications is Sept. 19 and the vendor fee is $20.
In addition to vendors, the second annual Harvest Festival will feature a homemade cake sale and silent auction. The event will run from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. at Prospect United Methodist Church, which is located at 3929 Missouri Road in Maxton.
Jaymie Baxley can be reached at 910-416-5771 or on Twitter @Jaymie_Baxley.