CRAFT SHOW

DSC CRAFT SHOW HISTORY

The Craft Show was founded in 1984 by Kay Kross, wife of retired AMC Commander, Gen. Walter Kross.  That first year, the show was held in the Youth Center of Dover Air Force Base (DAFB) and included only 20 vendors.  After a number of changes in venue, the Craft & Holiday Show was moved to its present location at the Delaware State Fairgrounds.  With 100+ vendors from eight states, our Craft Show has become the largest single-day craft show on the east coast!

 

The Craft & Holiday Show is held every year on the first Saturday in November. We expect more than 6,000 visitors to come through our gates!  All profits from the annual Craft Show are donated to base, local and national charities.  Last year alone, we gave out over $25,000 in charitable donations and scholarships!

 

You will find something for everyone on your holiday shopping list.  Here’s a small sampling of  the treasures available:
 

  • Amish Quilts

  • Original Artwork

  • Baskets

  • Candles

  • Ceramics  Clothing

  • Holiday Items

  • Leather goods

  • Jewelry

  • Woodwork

  • Pet Items

  • Food

 

A variety of non-profit organizations from Dover Air Force Base and the community serve a variety of foods and drinks.  The Food Court lends itself to being a major fund raising opportunity and morale builder for approximately 7 Dover Air Force Base booster clubs and community non-profit organizations.  This single-day craft show helps these non-profit groups raise an overall total of about $10,000 in profits for their organizations.  For some of these groups, this is the one fundraiser that allows them to operate and support their people the entire year.

 

Unbelievably, a small committee of spouses from DAFB organizes this huge event, but it’s the almost 100 volunteers that ensure its success.  We are grateful to the many community organizations who support our Craft Show, without whose help, the show couldn’t go on!

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