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AMS Craft Show to feature over 180 vendors

November 6, 2019
J.T. Whitehouse , The Town Crier

The Austintown Middle School (AMS) PTA will host its 36th Annual Craft Show on Saturday (Nov. 9) from 10 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. The event will take place at the Middle School, 800 Raccoon Rd.

This year's event will feature over 180 vendors who will fill the gyms and cafeteria as well as the halls of the school. The event has grown enormously over the years after a more humble beginning.

"I'm thinking it started out with about 25 vendors 36 years ago at the old AMS on Mahoning Avenue," said AMS PTA President Lynn Mickey. "We have 180 vendors this year the entire first floor the cafeteria but the small gym and the large gym and every inch of hallway is for vendors this year."

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Getting ready for the 36th annual AMS PTA Craft Show are AMS students Rylie Simons, Elena Hill, Trenton Ciccarelli, Drew Kaschak, Carson Fuller, Nolan Mickey, Frank Senediak, Victoria Loew, Mallory Whorten and Jenna Pirone.

She said this year's event will have a very wide variety of holiday decor, floral decor, custom handmade wooden flags, wooden primitive crafts, rustic decor items, baked goods of all kinds, custom apparel, hand crafted signs and wall hangings, custom handmade jewelry and so much more.

A full concession stand full of homemade delights for breakfast and lunch will keep show attendees satisfied while they shop their day away. There will also be a very large Chinese Auction and a 50/50 raffle open for the entire day with all proceeds benefitting the AMS PTA.

"We are hoping this year to raise about $8,000," Mickey said.

That money will help the AMS PTA fund many programs such as the Junior National Honor Society, the "where everyone belongs" program, the fellowship of Christian anybodies, and the panda program to name a few. Funds also go towards a large school dance, career day, a huge talent show, eighth grade send off at the end of the year, programs for every grade, rewards for testing, and the purchase books and other things needed for the classroom upon request.

"We also did the large pavilion outside by the wetlands that classrooms use and sometimes kids use for lunch," Mickey said. "Last year we bought about 50 symphonic instruments. We also fund scholarships for the high school along with all the other PTAs."

Mickey said the event has a lot of help from the Fitch High School National Honor Society, and from the teachers at the middle school who are filling their community service hours.



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