Craft Fair, Small Business Expo Saturday, Nov. 12th At W.C. Community Event Benefits Students

November 10, 2022

West County Middle School staff and students have a special event planned for this Saturday: it’s their first-ever craft fair and small business expo.

With temperatures expected to be in the 30s on Saturday, WCMS’s inside event will offer plenty of warmth from the cold weather as people shop, eat and play.

The event takes place inside WCMS from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

This event is a fundraiser for the middle school’s student activities fund. This money is used for any incentives, trips and activities for middle school students. From purchasing refreshments to taking students on end-of-the-year field trips, these funds pay for a variety of things for the kids.

Lisa Puller, one of the organizers of this event, said the staff have worked hard to plan this event.

“We’re excited to showcase our community’s talented crafters and small businesses,” she said. “Don’t miss this great opportunity to support them and our middle school students. It’s also the perfect place to buy Christmas gifts for your family.”

The list of events for the day includes more than 35 crafts and small business vendors who will sell everything from high-quality home-baked desserts to paintings and so much more; silent auction with more than 25 items; and carnival games with prizes.

Live craft demonstrations will take place throughout the event.
Magician D.J. Edwards will show off some of his skills from 10 a.m. to noon.

In addition to a variety of desserts and treats by vendors, donuts will be sold for breakfast. Lunch may be purchased for $5 and includes a cookie and drink and either a bowl of chili with crackers, chili dog with cheese, nachos with cheese, or nachos with chili and cheese. Crafters and small business vendors who reserve a booth will have the opportunity to order lunch and have it delivered to their booth at a time they choose.

This free event takes place inside the middle school on one level to allow handicap-accessible entry.
“We’re hoping to have a successful first-year event and keep expanding to make this a major event in St. Francois County,” said Puller.

She said feedback will be sought from crafters and small business vendors for ways to improve the event for next year.

Anyone who would like to reserve a booth can still contact Puller at 573-562-7558 (ext. 2) or email

The School is located on Hwy. M between Leadwood and Irondale.