Crafters are preparing for the 28th annual Bryan High School Fall Craft Show on Sept. 26.

Around 150 vendors serve up to 2,000 people annually, outdoors as well as down hallways and in the school’s gymnasium located at 4700 Giles Road. The event begins at 9 a.m. and is over by 4 p.m.

Booth registration can be made the day of the show, said Tricia Soares, event organizer and Latino Leaders Club sponsor.

“We put a lot of work into it throughout the year, getting permits and registration,” Soares said. “The one thing I really like is that this gives the kids an opportunity at the beginning of the year to work together and get to know each other. We work evenings and weekends for a common goal.”

Soares said nothing happens unless the students are involved.

“I think that makes this unique. Our students help every vendor set up and they do a good job hosting. It’s very student driven,” she said.

“Anytime you do something school-related, it should be about them and they should be a part of it,” she said.

The traditional foods of chicken salad and funnel cakes will available to buy at the event and the band will host their annual bake sale, Soares said.

Some of the booths in this year’s event will include wood crafts, crocheted items, teddy bears, Christmas decorations, rhinestone iron-on transfers, baby items, toys, paper crafts, journals, planners, jewelry, candles, Avon, Thirty-One gifts and Scentsy — and even beef jerky.

The fundraiser’s proceeds go toward the purchase of instruments and sheet music for band and choir and for projects with the Latino Leaders Club.

“This is one of our biggest community service events for the year. The money we get goes back into the community for donations and student-leadership training,” Soares said. “For example, I have a $150 check we’re going to give the food pantry, we adopt families at Christmas and Thanksgiving.”

With about 40 members, the Latino Leaders Club is probably the most active of all organizations at BHS, she said.

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