EATON — The Eaton High and Middle School complex was taken over by craft sales and musical performances this past weekend. The annual Eaton Athletic and Band Boosters Craft Show and Musical Festival was held on Saturday, Dec. 2.
Parents, families, and community members alike came out to support the students and local businesses.
Not only were there 79 vendors and musical performances by the middle, elementary, and high school students, but there was a silent auction, door prizes, and a concession stand. Santa even came out for pictures, taken by Miami Valley Career Technical Center students.
The event was ultimately a fundraiser for the Athletic Boosters and the Band Boosters. Proceeds from the concessions and bake sale went into joint concessions, where it is then split.
According to Booster President Tonya Sizemore, the craft show was separate from the music festival for several years, but they decided to combine the two events five years ago.
This means parents who visit the school to see their child perform (grades as young as second had performances) were then able to walk over to the high school for the craft show or a snack at concessions.
Sizemore explained, “It is easier to work as a group and we can draw in more people that way. I like these events being combined, because it brings more people. We get to see a lot of parents that we don’t normally get to see. The kids help all of the vendors move in and out. So they interact will all of the public, so it is good for the kids to interact and learn how to be an adult. This is all for the kids.”
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