Successful craft show benefits Fitch choir

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Neighbors | Zack Shively.Bill Klein, the director of the Fitch choir, and June Bohr orgaized the craft show to benefit the choir. June had been to many craft shows in the area and figured a craft show at the school would be successful. Both Klein and her were amazed by the turn out.

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Neighbors | Zack Shively.Families could take pictures with the Fitch choir courtesy of Theresa Miller Photography at the group's craft show. Miller, a former choir students, was at the event selling discounted deals at the event. She donated $10 to the choir for each discounted booking she received.

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Neighbors | Zack Shively.Seventy-eight vendors participated in the Fitch concert choir's craft show. Each vendor had their own small section to sell their crafts. All the vendors made small gift baskets for a basket raffle during the event.

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Neighbors | Zack Shively.The craft show for Fitch's choir included crafts of all kinds, including bath bombs, candles, blankets, glass decorations and sweets. The Double Deuce Kettle Corn station pictured sat in front of the Fitch high school.

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Neighbors | Zack Shively.Austintown Fitch's concert choir ran a craft show in the Fitch cafeteria to raise funds for their trip to New York and New Jersey in April. The choir performed "God Bless the U.S.A." at the craft show..

By ZACK SHIVELY

zshively@vindy.com

Austintown Fitch’s concert choir had a craft show on Dec. 17 to raise funds for their trip in April.

Choir director Bill Klein and parent June Bohr created and organized the show. They placed 78 vendors in the cafeteria, selling everything from candles to kettle corn.

Bohr said she had been active in local craft shows before and figured it would be a good way to help lower the cost of the choir’s trip in April. Bohr sells her candy at craft shows under the brand name “Sweets by June.“ Her son performs in the choir.

The choir will take a trip to New York and New Jersey for their trip in April. Every year, they take a trip to sing at a veteran’s hospital to show their support for the troops. They will play at the Lyons Campus, a part of the VA New Jersey Health Care System. The trip this year will also feature a performance at Carnegie Hall in New York City.

The group assisted Klein in running the event and making sure all of the vendors needs were met. They sang “God Bless the U.S.A.“ for the vendors and the crowd at the craft show.

The size of the crowd and the amount of vendors surprised both Klein and Bohr. Bohr said the amount of community support amazed her.

Bohr said she was especially taken aback by the size of the event since this is the first year they have offered it. She said she emailed some vendors she knew and placed applications on Facebook. Neither she or Klein expected it to take off the way it did, but they were grateful it did.

Each of the vendors also brought a prize basket to submit to the basket raffle during the event. They set up an area to take a picture with choir students dressed as Santa and nutcracker dolls. Local photographer Theresa Miller took the photographs. Miller, a former choir student, sold discounted bookings at the event and donated ten dollars for each booking she received.

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