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Craftsmen's Classic craft show returns to Myrtle Beach

MYRTLE BEACH, SC (WMBF) - The Myrtle Beach Convention Center was filled with hundreds of vendors Friday as the 2015 Craftsmen's Classic craft show kicked off. 

The Craftsmen's Classic is bigger than it's ever been in 2015 - there are more than 250 vendors filling the halls of the convention center, from all across the country and even right  in Myrtle beach. 

Mimi Hay comes back every year for the craft show, but it isn't far for her. Even though her specially designed clothing line, Mimi Hay Designs, takes her around the country, she's a local.


"It gives me a chance to show in Myrtle Beach in the summer season," Hay said of the craft show. "Generally when I do a studio sale, it’s in the winter. So it gives my clients here a chance to see my summer work."


Hay sees many locals and tourists stop in.


From the moment the doors opened at 10 a.m. Friday, the line was out the door and the convention center floor was flooded with people looking for specialty soaps, wind chimes, even candied nuts.


"You have everything from fine art to fine craft. And then people who do traditional crafts," Hay said. 


The Craftsman's Classic also gives one local organization a crucial partnership that has existed since the start of the craft show in Myrtle Beach.


"For the last 33 years we’ve been out here to welcome everyone and to just be part of the community, part of this organization," Judy White with the Myrtle Beach Woman's Club said. 

For the Myrtle Beach Woman's Club, the volunteer work at the craft show single-handedly keeps the lights on for the organization year-round.


"They pay us and we use that to run our club. Because everything that we raise is given away. We don’t use any other money except this. "


Apart from benefiting locals who sell their craft, or volunteer to raise money, the show continues to attract a wide variety of craft-seekers. 


"Wood workers, table makers, people who work with spoons to make jewelry," Hay said. "There’s really a huge variety. From things that are kind of trinket jewelry that are kind of inexpensive, to some of the very finer silver and gold with gems. To, many people who paint will do your portrait."


The craft show will last through the weekend. Hours are Saturday from 10 a.m. through 6 p.m., and Sunday from 11 a.m. through 5 p.m. Prices are $8 for adults, $1 for children, and kids under six-years-old will be admitted for free. One admission ticket is good for the whole weekend. 

For more, visit the website at http://www.gilmoreshows.com/craftsmens_classics_myrtle_summer.shtml

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