Battle High School students raise over $3,000 from craft fair
COLUMBIA - Dozens of people came out to Battle High School's Future Business Leaders of America holiday craft and vendor fair.
FBLA member Baylee Eckles said students help fun the fair, and the proceeds help the orgainization.
"It's to raise money for FBLA, which is the club that's putting this on," Eckles said. "It's a great way to get everybody out here and see what they have to sell and once again raise money for the club."
It's the second annual fair and it's grown since last year.
"Last year, we had about 53 or so vendors," Eckles said. "So this year we have 75. So that's a big jump, and that's always great to see. A couple hundred people usually come. It's a great way to make money and raise money."
The organization made $3,000 just from the vendor tables. The proceeds from the event allow the students to go to go to FBLA competitions.
"It's $35 per table [for vendors], so we've already made $3,000," Eckles said. "A lot of money to go towards getting to districts, getting to state and nationals. So it's pretty awesome."
Madison Ramsey is also a student in Battle High School's FBLA club.
"My favorite part is just seeing all the vendors and seeing how all the people just come together to shop for the holiday season," Ramsey said. "It's great."
Eckles said her part is getting together with friends and seeing the vendors passion.
"I'm a people person," Eckles said. "So I love going around and asking people what they are selling and asking them what they make. Because, seeing people light up because of their passion is, is just amazing."
Eckles said one vendor who has participated in the fair for both years is passionate about his crafts.
"He [a vendor] makes everything by hand," Eckles said. "They were here last year and he was talking and like 'I don't buy anything, I make it all myself and I was like 'well look at you.' He's just so proud of his work, and that's just so good to see people who invest so much time pay off."
Admission to the fair is 2 dollars and the club expects over 300 people to attend. People who attend the fair will win door prizes.
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