Craft show to benefit Indian Valley cross country

Craft show to benefit Indian Valley cross country

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The eighth annual Indian Valley Cross Country Craft Show will be held Saturday, Nov. 13 at the Indian Valley Middle School in Tuscarawas from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. In addition to getting a head start on Christmas shopping and holiday decorating, shoppers can enjoy a soup and sandwich lunch in the cafeteria. All proceeds from the show will benefit the middle and high school cross country teams.

According to Libby Pasquinelli, one of the show’s organizers and the co-treasurer of the Indian Valley Athletic Booster Club, more than 40 vendor tables will be available.

“We have a wide variety of stuff. We have some direct sales such as Tupperware, Scentsy, LuLaRoe, Avon, Paparazzi and Tastefully Simple, but then we also have crafters that are anything from ceramics to jewelry, ornaments and stained glass, and candies and honey,” Pasquinelli said.

Pasquinelli referred to her list of vendors. “It’s quite amazing to look at the stuff that we have coming in,” she said.

Some of the other items available include wood décor, painted items, hand-painted or personalized ornaments, crocheted blankets and hats, fleece blankets, and baby blankets. Pasquinelli is looking forward to seeing the snap bracelets, which is a new item for their craft show.

“My husband and I always find Christmas gifts and all kinds of stuff there. We’re always looking, and we almost always buy plenty,” Pasquinelli said.

The craft show is growing in popularity every year.

“We do have some of the same people come in to shop, and some of the vendors are regulars but not all of them. We do have quite a few new vendors this year,” Pasquinelli said. “I think that each year we get more and more people in to shop due to word of mouth.”

Pasquinelli thinks it will be another successful show this year.

Fabulous door prizes are another big draw for the event. Each vendor donates an item for the raffle, which will have more than 40 items with the same variety as the show. The cross country team members sell the tickets, and winners’ names are drawn regularly throughout the show. Anyone who is present will be able to select the prize they would like. Pasquinelli will hold prizes for contact winners who aren’t present.

Much help is required to put on the show, and most cross country team members and their parents show up to help during the event.

“There’s a lot of work put into it,” Pasquinelli said.

The proceeds from the event go into the cross country account with the Indian Valley Booster Club.

“We use this money for various team needs,” said Bill Palma, a teacher for Indian Valley Schools and a cross country coach. “One thing we use it for is to buy team shirts for each runner at the beginning of the season. We also use this money to buy supplies like spikes, athletic tape, tents, water, snacks or anything else needed on race day.”

Cross country is a growing sport for a variety of reasons.

“There are many benefits to running cross country. The obvious physical benefit is that you will be in great shape. But there are many other benefits that people don’t always see,” Palma said. “It is a great team-building sport. You make many great relationships with your teammates throughout the summer workouts and the rigorous training. It also makes you mentally strong. It gives you the ability to push through tough times in life.”

The athletes and coaches work hard.

“This year’s team has consistently shown up since the second week of June and has practiced at least five days a week since then,” Palma said. “They have put in the time and effort needed to advance to the regional level. Each day the team continues to improve, and we hope to continue that even through the off-season into next year.”

The athletes’ dedication paid off. The high school teams did well at the regionals, and one athlete from the team, Xander Heil, finished 24th and qualified for the state meet. Despite the team having to run in rainy and muddy conditions, the boys team finished 14th.

The following boys scored for the Braves: Xander Heil, 24th, 18:04; Joe Carlisle, 67th, 18:58; Max Kinsey, 92nd, 19:27; Seth Krocker, 107th, 19:47; and Hunter Albright, 120th, 20:05.

The girls team finished 17th overall. The following girls scored for the Braves: Brooklyn Myers, 71st, 22:51; Rylee Raymond, 87th, 23:23; Alisha Shaw, 106th, 23:59; Bre Taylor, 134th, 25:11; and Rylie Landis, 143rd, 25:41.

The Indian Valley Cross Country Craft Show is an ideal place to find unique gifts and home décor. Because it is always held the weekend after the state competition, it affords everyone the chance to show their appreciation and support for the cross country team and purchase some gifts.