The 39th annual Galva Beta Sigma Phi Craft Show will be held Saturday, Oct. 21, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. both inside and outside of Galva High School.

The 39th annual Galva Beta Sigma Phi Craft Show will be held Saturday, Oct. 21, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. both inside and outside of Galva High School. 

The outside spaces will be on the north side of the high school instead of the south because of the construction of the new outdoor athletic complex. The north location will provide easier customer access without a hill to climb.

The show is the largest one-day craft show in Henry County with at least 70 inside spaces and 40 outside spaces reserved so far this year.  

"Vendors love our show," said Vicki Perkins, reservations co-chairman. "We were full inside within two weeks of opening our reservations this spring.  Dealers tell me it is their favorite show of the year and some dealers only do our show.”

“We have been doing this show for 39 years, so crafters know we are organized and put on a super show every year,” Perkins added. “Shoppers love to see such a wide variety of crafts made by talented people. Some dealers return year after year. One gal who makes Christmas ornaments has shoppers return each year to buy for children and then grandchildren.”

Craft show organizers also enjoy welcoming new dealers every year.

 “This year we have a new dealer who makes furniture from used wood pallets. Another makes crochet hooks from turned wood,” Perkins said. “It's a great place to do holiday shopping.”

Craftsmen from the midwest will display hand-crafted seasonal and holiday decorations, candles, wooden items, wreaths, jewelry, toys, dolls and doll clothes, florals, sweatshirts, garden art, baskets, ceramics, placemats, and table runners and pet treats. Apples, pumpkins, gourds, squash, mums and kettle corn also are available.

There is a $2 admission charge that allows entry to both locations, which are within walking distance. No strollers or pets will be allowed inside. The event is well known in central and western Illinois, and draws crafters and guests from throughout the region.

Food will be served in the high school cafeteria, featuring the famous Beta Sigma Phi homemade BBQ sandwiches, ham sandwiches, and many tempting fancy desserts and pies. Anyone wanting to enjoy lunch can enter the cafeteria without paying the show’s admission fee.

For application forms, contact information, photos from last year's show or  directions to the show, visit the website www.galvacraftshow.weebly.com.

Proceeds from the annual show are used for community service projects of both the Xi Kappa Gamma and Lambda Nu chapters of the sorority.  Each member serves on a committee for the craft show.