CORBIN — The second annual Moonbow Christmas Fair will be held during this year’s Corbin’s Downtown Christmas Open House on Sunday.

Back by popular demand, the Christmas Fair will be hosted at 2nd and Main from 1-5 p.m.

“It’s the second annual one we’ve done with the downtown Open House. We did one last year, and people really loved it, so we’re basically expanding it this year,” explained owner Sky Marietta.

The Christmas Fair aims to give attendees the opportunity to shop locally from local artisans and vendors, all the while having the opportunity of starting their Christmas shopping early.

“I realized we have these really great makers who are really represented regionally, so you can’t normally buy from them directly in Corbin, but if we created an event where the artists could all come, they could meet some of their — you know, some of their people who know them and buy from them, but haven’t had a chance to meet them in person,” said Marietta.

“The artists make a better margin if they sell it directly, and then we can turn around when the fair is over — I shop from them. I even stock up on items for the rest of the holiday season. It’s just a really great way to bring some of our really talented artists to new markets, for people in Corbin to be able to buy from crafters.”

Marietta says this year’s fair is a juried fair and that 10 vendors have already been confirmed. There could be as many as 12 vendors there the day of the event, and Marietta says that some are coming from as far as Whitesburg and Harlan.

“They are absolutely some of our very best artists and crafters in the southeastern Kentucky region. We have people like Lacy Hale coming, she’s a very well known artist, especially for her mural work. So she’ll be bringing some original paintings, she’ll also be bringing things like tea towels and cards.”

According to Marietta, The Makers from Manchester will be on hand during the fair with their charm bar that allows attendees to create their own bracelets and necklaces. The fair will also have items like handmade jewelry, bath and body goods, books, and more for sale to patrons.

“Our leather worker will be doing stamping, so you can have something stamped in leather, if you were looking for a personalized gift.”

The Moonbow Mercantile will also be open during the Christmas Fair. Marietta says they will be giving away free gift tags, some free prints, and have sales on some of the shop’s Christmas items.

“Like a lot of things with the downtown Open House, we’re trying to make it fun and really give back to our customers who are the reason we’re still open, and we appreciate them so much. This is a great chance for people to love where they live, to shop local, and find something unique that they’re really proud of and can be proud of where they got it from.”

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