For the last 50 years, Curt and Marlene Morrow and their family have been holding a Holiday Craft Fair just outside of Kenyon. Only hand made goods are sold here, and you won't believe the variety of products they have! Everything from glass lawn ornaments to crocheted items for the house is to be found in their very large Morton building! Rusty iron, glass trinkets, sewn items, all pretty much one of a kind, can be found inside these walls. I was mesmerized by the variety and the quality of the items they had procured for the gift giving season.
I asked Marlene how they got started on such a large scale endeavor. "I was an elementary school teacher when Curt and I were first married. After our second child was born, I decided to be a stay at home mom. Always liking to be busy, I started doing crafts at home. I was making refrigerator magnets, then plaques, and the inventory kept growing, so I started selling them out of our basement. Curt joined in the fun, and started making wooden toys in the mid 70's, and then began with the baskets. I started helping him with the baskets, and we are still making them." Now, she is making Porch Pots for the fall season, and for Christmas, too.
Now, after the Craft fair runs it's course, they take the show on the road, and have a working vacation, travelling all over the United States, selling their wares at shows in places they want to visit.
They are open Thursday through Sunday, starting October 19th, ending on Nov. 12th. the hours are 10 am to 7 pm, but they will close at 5 pm on the last day. For any questions, please call (507) 789-6223. The address is 45986 Highway 56, Kenyon. You can even vote for the best scarecrow on your visit!
Curt and Marlene credit their success to their loyal customers who continue to support them, and to their son and daughter, and a few friends who are always there to help with the sales, and waiting on customers.
For more information, check out their Facebook page at Morrows Gifts! You've got to see it to believe it!!