LIMA — The Laurel Oaks Hobby and Harvest Fair has grown from a 12-booth garage sale to more than 100 booths of quality arts and crafts. And all in 39 years.
“Today it’s like the premiere fall festival,” said Pat Komarek, co-chairwoman of the popular outdoor show.
“I remember when we started this as a hobby and garage sale. We had 12 booths, and we brought crafts we made, food from our gardens, and if we had a hobby, we brought that,” Komarek said.
Today, the 4.5-acre park is filled to the brim with a variety of vendors.
“We have watercolor artists, which we’ve never had before. We have photography. We have cake pops. We have lots of jewelry and yard decorations, and the mum ladies,” Komarek said.
Also new this year will be two additions to the food: homemade ice cream and lemon and lime shake-ups.
Also new this year is the fact that there will not be shuttle buses running from Elida High School to the park. Komarek said it was cost prohibitive for the number utilizing the service. So, parking will be in the Laurel Oaks neighborhood.
Involved with the craft show since the beginning, Komarek said organizers are looking for something else new: help. “I’ve been here since forever, and I’m pleading with the younger people to help.”
A portion of the proceeds from the $1 admission will this year go to Heartbeat of Lima.