The Troy Volunteer Fire Department is gearing up for its biggest craft show ever.

"We have the most spaces rented this year that we've ever had," said organizer Joan Phillips. She said crafters have rented 58 spaces.

According to a flier, the 14th Annual Troy Fire Company Craft Show will be held from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 16 at the fire company. The show is open to the public at no cost.

According to Phillips, there will be a variety of crafters in the following areas: jewelry, painted ornaments, photography, rugs, wooden crafts, paintings, soaps, fabric crafts, crocheted crafts, wine bottle lamps, wreaths, birdhouses, quilts, and more.

She wasn't sure why the craft show was bigger this year.

"I guess word of mouth has spread around," she said.

In addition to the craft vendors, there will be a Chinese auction with at least 45 items, she said. Chances are sold for the auction at various prices: 2 chances for $1, 12 chances for $5, and 25 chances for $10. Each of the vendors donates an item for the auction.

Also, there will be a bake sale by the Ladies Auxiliary of the fire company, and lunch will be for sale.

The menu will include hot dogs, sloppy joes, turkey soup, and scalloped potatoes and ham.

"Come out and spend a few minutes or an hour or so with us to get your Christmas shopping done," Phillips said. " I'm sure there will be something of interest to everyone."

She said it's one of several fundraisers for the fire department, and the proceeds come in handy for the fire company in meeting its rising expenses.

Phillips was looking forward to the show.

"I'm hoping the vendors sell lots and we have a good turnout of customers."

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