Today is your last chance to grab a famous Zonta burger at the 43rd Annual Arts and Crafts Show at the City Park.
Vendors and shoppers from near and far have spent the weekend browsing through jewelry, baked goods, ornaments, decorations, wooden carvings and more.
Ruth and Leroy Biesenbach have peddled their wares at the Stephenville show for the last seven years. They craft seasonal wooden decorations for fall, Thanksgiving and Christmas.
Leroy cuts out the wooden forms and puts them together; Ruth is in charge of the decorating.
“I do an assembly line. Some things take longer than others,” Ruth said.
They ravel from Patillo to craft shows from September through November.
“From scarecrows to Santa Claus, it catches it all,” Ruth said.
Most people browse their booth looking for seasonal decorations for their own homes, but sometimes people will pick up an early gift or two.
“A lot of times we have a mother buying a daughter things for the house,” Ruth said.
Roberta and Bobbie Thomas of Granbury have brought their crafts to the show for the second time this year. Etched glass mirrors is one of their more popular items.
They begin working on projects in January and spend the fall showing and selling their work. Bobbie has noticed that people are shopping for themselves and others, but they are more selective this year.
“They’re very discriminating this year because of the economy,” Bobbie said. “People here will look at everything first and then come back to get what they want.”
Heather Wynbourn of Stephenville is a big fan of the craft show and said she comes to see what’s available every year. Her favorite items include “all the girl stuff,” from jewelry to purses and all the Christmas items.
“I’m shopping for family and myself,” Wynbourn said.
While she is watching what she spends, Wynbourn said she didn’t expect the economy to affect what she spent on Christmas gifts this year. She budgets a specific cash amount and works on setting the money aside year round.
And what about those famous Zonta burgers? What makes a Zonta burger so special?
“It’s our special secret,” said Mary Trammell, Zonta member.
The loose-meat burgers are made from scratch and fresh ingredients.
“We have people come back every year for Zonta burgers,” said Betty Chew, also a Zonta member.
So, don’t miss your chance. The fair will be open today from noon until 4 p.m. Vendors are available in the Rec Hall gymnasium and outside under the small pavilion.