BASSETT–It’s been going on so long, no one’s quite sure when exactly it started. As in years past, the Bassett High School Band Boosters Fall Craft Show will take place on the third weekend of November, this Saturday and Sunday.
“It was here when I came in and had been running for several years,” said Trey Harris, band director. “This is my 22nd year and it wasn’t brand new then. It was well in place for quite some time.”
What started as a way to make a little extra money for the BHS band program turned into a tradition over the minimum quarter century Harris assumes the show has taken place.
“It’s such a big event,” Harris said. “People just kind of flock to it. It’s always held on the same weekend and it’s kind of almost an event that people expect.”
On Saturday and Sunday, the band director estimates over 1,000 customers will enter the high school’s doors, ready to find deals on unique pieces.
With well over 100 vendors, more than ever before, there will be a variety of items for sale, including handmade objects, jewelry, linens, clothes, kitchen items, curtains, pet accessories and more.
“It’s a little bit of everything,” Harris said. “Most everything’s handmade. There are lots of sweets, too – pies, homemade breads, cakes and cookies.”
The school itself will be filled with vendors, customers and band members who plan to volunteer at the event.
“The lobby is full. The auditorium is full. The gym is full. The two main hallways are full,” Harris said. “The front two-thirds of the building is completely full.”
With the variety of items available, folks will likely find goods for not only themselves, but also others as the gift-giving season quickly approaches.
“That’s what a lot of people do,” Harris said. “I follow my wife and see what she touches. A lot of times I go back and buy it. A lot of people buy for themselves and for presents.”
While many locals will either set up booths or shop at the event, others come from a variety of locations across the state and beyond.
“We have people come from North Carolina. We’ve even had people come from West Virginia,” Harris said. “Most of the people live within a two or three-hour radius. They’re not just from Henry County. We’ll have a lot of people come in from all over.”
Benefitting the band as a whole, the director said there’s not a specific fund the money raised from general admission costs and vendor fees will go toward – mainly because a variety of funds don’t exist.
“We have so many things that we’re funding,” Harris said. “It all goes into one account.”
If various ensembles – including the symphonic band, concert band, marching band, winter guard and indoor percussion – need monetary assistance for equipment or travel expenses, there’s not a set amount they can draw before being cut off for the year.
“We as band boosters support the band as one big entity,” Harris said.
With general admission prices at $2 per person, the director said the band hopes to raise between $1,500 and $2,000 over the weekend.
“We get admission fees and vendor fees,” Harris said. “Anything the vendors sell goes into their pockets.”
Fun for all, the vendors often enjoy the event as much as the customers.
“We use our kids to carry stuff in and carry stuff out. At a lot of shows, vendors have to carry their own goods to set up,” Harris said. “The kids really enjoy it as well.”
Whether looking for oneself or hoping to mark a few names off of the holiday list, the craft show offers a plethora of goods for a variety of interests.
“It’s a lot of fun. It’s very holiday-spirited,” Harris said. “It’s exciting to see the different things people have made.”
Located at 85 Riverside Dr. in Bassett, the Bassett High School Band Boosters Fall Craft Show will take place on Saturday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and on Sunday from 1 to 5 p.m.