On Saturday December 2, 2017, the Chaparral High School Marching Band Boosters hosted their 13th annual Once Upon a December Craft Show. The event is used to raise money for the marching band as well as market local handmade, artisan crafts. Vendors buy booth spaces for $75-$90. Booths would also be supplied electricity if they were to choose to pay for it for just $15, although there was a limited amount and it was a first-come first-serve situation. Businesses have to fill out a form every year that includes pictures of their work and exactly what they want as to tables, booth location, etc. There were many diverse booths throughout the big gym and commons. The crafts ranged from jewelry to clothing to food, art, photography, pillows, dog treats, you name it! The event lasted all day from 9 am to 3:30 pm, with lots of visitors. A kids corner was included with lots of crafts and art projects to entertain kids while their parents shopped. A bake sale and concessions were included to help keep vendors energized, as well as add to the money raised by the whole event. On top of all the exciting booths and items to buy, there were many raffles throughout the day to help raise even more money. The Band Boosters asked each vendor to donate at least one item to the raffle to help support the band. Throughout the day, different marching band performers played holiday songs to add to the entertainment. Overall, this annual fundraiser was a fun-filled, productive day for the community, and a great start to the holiday season.
Story by Maja Walker and Kenna Vogt