Budding artists growing at Farm

By Paige Nash

The Farm of Cultural Crossroads was the happening place this past Saturday, October 15. The 4th Annual Minden Maker’s Fair kicked off the day’s events with more than 50 vendors setting up shop on the grounds to sell their handmade goods, tasty food and treats.  

This event was completely free and open to the public. Numerous demonstrations were held which included, glass blowing, a community art project, a pottery wheel with Mandie Ebarb, Horticulture with Kelly Hudson and a Turn Up Dance Fitness workshop with Jennifer Aldredge.  

President of the Board of Cultural Crossroads and Minden Maker’s Fair Committee Chair Elaine Eaton said, “Something that is paramount to me and our organization is the ability to create an event where families of any shape, size, demographic attributes and financial status can walk through the gates of The Farm of Cultural Crossroads and have fun for free. This is why the demonstration component of our event is so important to me as an event coordinator.” 

Webster Parish Libraries was in attendance offering a handful of “make and take” art projects throughout the day, along with Jelly the Clown providing free face painting and balloon art, and CreateItHannah providing Henna Tattoos. LifeShare Blood center was present for a blood drive, as well.  

“It’s important that children and adults see there are a variety of ways to create and if just one person leaves our event inspired to try something new, we have accomplished one of our goals,” said Eaton. 

While all this fun was taking place, the Moonlight Madness Art Gallery was on display for all to see the pieces that were submitted for the Halloween art competition.  

An award’s ceremony was held at 5:30 p.m. where Executive Director of Cultural Crossroad Brandi Cade announced the winners.  

In the Crypt Keepers age division (19+) first place was awarded to Heather McGehee for her piece titled “Familiar Magic.” She was also awarded second for “Witch’s Kitchen.” Third place went to Tammy Eaton for “Cat Under a Witch’s Moon.” In the Teen Wolves age category (13-18), Aubrey Gorman won with her piece titled, “The Clown.” Second place went to James Faulk for “The Letter” and third went to Isabella Beckham for “Too Much Candy for Jack.” In the last age category Little Gremlins (6-12) Tessa Maness took home first place with an embroidered piece called “The Spider Web.” Second place went to Braelyn Sherrill for her piece titled “Shhh.”   

Following the reception of winners and to wrap up the events for the day, attendees were able to enjoy a free, kid-friendly haunted house. 

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