Area residents will have an opportunity to support local arts and athletics at Midland University on Saturday.
Midland’s baseball and softball teams are hosting a craft fair at Hopkins Arena from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. to help raise funds for renovations to a shared indoor practice space as both teams prepare to hit the diamond in coming months.
“Obviously being in Nebraska we have to practice indoors quite a bit —especially in January and February,” Midland Softball Coach Mike Heard said.
According to Heard, funds raised from the craft fair will go toward renovations to a hitting room located in Hopkins arena that has been in need of updating.
“It’s a shared hitting room between the baseball and softball team and it was outdated and needed some work,” he said. “So we wanted to raise some funds to go toward fixing that up and getting that in a better place for our student athletes.”
This is the first time the Midland baseball and softball teams have held such a fundraiser, which Heard says was spearheaded by a parent of one of his student athletes.
“We have a parent of a freshman on the team who has some experience in it and has stepped in and helped us out tremendously,” he said. “We are so grateful for her work putting this together.”
The craft fair will feature between 60-70 vendors who will be selling a variety of arts, crafts and other products.
“We will have everything from handmade wood and metal items, jewelry, food vendors and direct sellers like Avon for example,” Heard said. “There will be a wide variety of everything.”
The extensive list of vendors includes planned attendees: Advocare, Blackwood Creek Creations, Blessings and Legacies, Country Rust, Doterra Oils, Fashion Savvy, Forever Savvy, Glass Fushion, Happy Bee, Lipsense, Mama Bear Vinyl Designs, Mr TJ Bow Ties & Socks, Needlework by Brooklyn, Novel Beads, Phipany & Dot Dot Smile, Pure Romance, Ruby Ribbon, Steeped Tea, Stylish Designs, Tastefully Simple, Teeny Weeny Wiener Wagon, Thirty-One, Tupperware, WannabeGood Acres, Wicked Carmel Apples, Wreath Makers, Yarn & the Old Barn, Young Living, and Zyia Activewear.
The fundraising portion of the event will take funds raised from a $50 entry fee for each vendor, as well as free will donations and some businesses are also donating a percent of their sales during the event back to the Midland teams.
Entrance to the craft fair is free, and the event will coincide with two Midland basketball games happening at 2 p.m. and 4 p.m. at Wikert Event Center—which is attached to Hopkins Arena on campus.
Members of both the Midland softball and baseball teams will be involved in the event throughout the day, said Heard.
“The team will be very involved,” he said. “They’re going to help set up and tear down, and we’re going to have different girls their just greeting people and helping out with whatever they can throughout the day.”