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Dutch Hollow Hosts Successful Craft Faire
Customers and vendors, some with masks and some without, mingle at the Third Annual Crafts Faire held at Dutch Hollow Farms over the weekend. There were crafters of many kinds, from sign makers to leather workers to toy makers and jewelry crafters, on Saturday, Sept. 12. Ric McGinnis/The News

Riverbank area shoppers looking for seasonal fall items or early Christmas presents were able to gather, socially distanced, of course, this weekend at a local business just outside the city limits.

It was the Third Annual Craft Faire at Dutch Hollow Farms, on the corner of Oakdale and Claribel roads, on Saturday, Sept. 12. It’s just across the street from the Crossroads Shopping Center.

A spokesperson said that 57 vendors were participating, selling wares from handmade toys, signs, pottery, jewelry, and plants, along with kettle corn and Mexican BBQ and Grill-style foods. A steady flow of patrons, some with masks, some without, milled about the grounds, looking over what was offered.

A spokesperson said it’s likely that next year’s Craft Faire, and everything else Dutch Hollow presents, will be at a new location out on Milnes Road, east of Riverbank. The Crossroads West commercial and residential development should be underway next year at this current location.

Though there were lots of various sized pumpkins and other gourds available lining the entrance tent to the Craft Faire last weekend, the real kickoff of the 2020 Pumpkin Season at Dutch Hollow will be in a couple of weeks.

Opening Day will be celebrated on Saturday, Sept. 26, with many activities for families.

The facility will provide sanitation and hand washing stations, just like at the Craft Faire. And they’ll continue to ask customers to wear masks.

Included will be a corn maze, petting zoo, jump pad, zip lines, hamster wheels, hay rides and a corn corral. A pumpkin cannon facility will be offered for an additional charge.

Handmade signs of many types and styles were sold during the Third Annual Craft Faire, organized by and presented at Dutch Hollow Farms, on the corner of Claribel and Oakdale roads. The Saturday, Sept. 12, event featured toys, jewelry, hats, clothing, planting materials and other items perused by a steady stream of patrons throughout the day. Ric McGinnis/The News