Novemberfest, a Thanksgiving holiday tradition, comes to Riverwoods

Dale Blad uses a tiny teddy bear to adorn a wreath he is making for the is Novemberfest Arts and Crafts Fair, to be held at the Riverwoods, Conference Center Black Friday, Nov. 23.

LOGAN – Charlene Watts, the founder of the art and crafts extravaganza Novemberfest, said she and a friend started the Thanksgiving weekend tradition in 1984 and it blossomed and continues to be a tradition for families in and out of Cache Valley. The long running Novemberfest Arts and Crafts Fair is held again this year at the Riverwoods Conference Center on Friday and Saturday, November 29-30, from 10 a.m. until 6 p.m. both days.

The conference center is located at 635 South Riverwood Parkway on the south end of Logan next to the Marriott Springhill Suites.

Santa will be attending Novemberfest from 12 noon to 3 p.m. both days.

“We have mothers that came as children when we started and now mothers are bringing their daughters,” Watts said. “It has become a family tradition during Thanksgiving for many people in the valley.”

She said from the moment people walk in, their senses will be awakened to the sights and smells of the holidays.

“We have close to 80 vendors and some people are sharing spaces,” Watts said. “The artisans have been carefully screened to ensure the highest quality and unique products will be available.”

Shoppers will love the beautifully decorated and classy surroundings of the conference center.

“We have usual candy, nuts, cotton candy booths,” Watts said. “And lunch will be available from Elements Restaurant.”

Lunch items, as well as baked goods, will be on hand. Santa also finds time in his busy schedule to stop by for a few hours each day and visit with the children.

Participants can enter drawings to win a Night on the Town. This prize includes dinner and movie passes for two. There will be three lucky winners.

“Most of the vendors are local but we do have some coming from Idaho and some from all along the Wasatch Front,” Watts said. “We have a lot of artwork that has been published in magazines and local book authors that have banded together from the valley to sell their books.”

Watts said she mainly started the fair to help local artists sell the different things they created to people during the Christmas holidays. It is a yearlong labor for Watts. She said it really gets busy in October right up to the event.

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