Thanks to more than 2,000 people who supported the Douglas High School craft fair Saturday, the Skills USA Vocational Club raised enough money to attend both state and national competitions in 2013.
"It was awesome. The community really supports us, and I'm very grateful. Without the community we don't have a craft fair," said organizer Rita Borselli. "There are a lot of craft fairs out there. I thank everybody for coming out."
Skills USA is a national organization of students and teachers who compete statewide and nationally in career and technical education areas, including welding, automotive, computer graphics, culinary, screen printing and photography.
"It gives kids the opportunity to test their skills, and it takes them out of their comfort zone," Borselli said. "Skills competitions are really important to the kids. It provides them with opportunities a regular classroom experience cannot."
Price for admission to Saturday's craft fair was $2, or two canned food items for the Carson Valley Community Food Closet.
"Last year we donated 2,400 items of food, and I have a feeling it's going to be more," Borselli said. "I would guarantee this year we did 2,800 items or more."
With the help of more than 150 vendors, the school is able to raise about $10,000 each year.
"We did really great this year. We had quality crafters and craft items," Borselli said. "I had to turn away at least a dozen vendors. Our reputation is growing. A lot of vendors say that Douglas high's craft fair is as good as McQueen's."
The money raised from the craft fair was split between Skills USA, Alpine Club, the art department and Junior ROTC.