Rebbeca Mesa, Jan Erhart, Connie Gaskell and Marion Melton were in charge of the cookie section, the largest section at the holiday sale. (Ernie Over photo) 

(Riverton, Wyo.) – Tis the season for Christmas bake sales and craft fairs. In Riverton on Saturday, the day started early with the United Methodist Bake and Craft Fair at the church on West Park. There was a line-up of hearty souls crammed into the educational wing hallway waiting for the magic hour of 9 a.m.. When the doors were opened, the crowd flooded in, not unlike some of the scenes from Black Friday. This crowd, however, was respectful of each other and there was no pushing or shoving.

It became immediately obvious, however, that the booth to line up at was that of the fresh homemade noodles, which were going fast.  The huge array of cookies were the second favorite, and at the back of the room, the craft booth, staffed by Gloria Peacock, who’s been 35 years in that same location. “We have some nice crafts this year,” she said, pointing out hand knit and crocheted sweaters and caps and such, plus a nice variety of Christmas ornaments and other holiday themed items.

The cookie table was so huge, lining up on one side of the hall, that it took four women to take the orders and box up the cookies, including Rebbeca Mesa, Jan Erhart, Connie Gaskell and Marion Melton.

Near the front of  the hall, Alice Nicol was staffing the “Equal Exchange” or “Fair Trade” selection of products, including ground coffees. “The profits go right back to the small growers who farm and produce these products from across the world,” she said.

Also getting some early attention were the home made cinnamon rolls, with their pleasant and inviting scent wafting through the room.

Gloria Peacock, sitting down, has spent the last 35 years at the craft table for the United Methodist women. (Ernie Over photo)

Gloria Peacock, sitting down, has spent the last 35 years at the craft table for the United Methodist women.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Photos by Ernie Over. Mouse over for captions, click to enlarge.