Extension’s Holiday Bazaar will feature local artists

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By Cindy DiFazio

Staff writer/photographer

Those wishing to spruce up their holiday decor or pining for a new tree ornament can load their shopping bags with the seasonal offerings at the 16th Annual Extension Service Holiday Bazaar. All of the whimsical, artistic, and even fragrant items at 30+ booths are crafted by Henry County artisans.

The tiny tractors and farm trucks of Burnett Farm Toys might make ideal Christmas gifts for the boys and boys at heart on the list.

Campbellsburg native Christopher Burnett owns the business that specializes in miniature scale farm toys. “They’re a little bigger than Hot Wheels,” he said.

His inventory includes trucks, tractors, trailers and implements. “Anything you’d see on a farm you’ll see at our booth,” Burnett said.

Besides stock items, Burnett hand customizes toys to customers’ specifications. “If a farmer down the road owns a custom dualie, I can start from the casting of a hood and frame and custom build it,” he said.

Burnett said he collected toy tractors as a child, but actually began building custom toy trucks and tractors in 1984. He and Gary Gosser of Campbellsburg worked their first toy show together in 1986. “They looked rough,” Burnett said, “but we had to start somewhere.” He said he began with just enough farm toys to cover a three to four foot table. “Now we cover three to six eight-foot tables,” Burnett said.

A former Bedford Elementary School teacher, he is now in the toy business full-time. Burnett sells toys at such events as the National Farm Toy Show in Dyersville, Ia. and the Farm Machinery Show in Louisville.

Burnett’s wife, Alissa, will take over for Christopher at the bazaar while he attends another event. Alissa Burnett will share space with her mother, local artist Debbie Hargrove.

Hargrove specializes in Tole painting, a folk art style of painting on objects and furniture.

She paints scenes on old wooden cheese boxes she gets from a supplier in Indiana and paints or stains the wood prior to adding a landscape or seasonal scene.

“I paint mostly on wood,” Hargrove said, “but also paint on glass, tin and canvas.”

She has designed and produced Henry County themed glass Christmas ornaments for several years. The first one, in 2004, depicted the Henry County Courthouse. Others have featured her version of the nativity scene in Bethlehem, the train depot in Eminence and the old church in Campbellsburg that was destroyed in a blast caused by a gas leak. “I just felt I needed to do that for the church,” Hargrove said. “The old Pleasureville High School will be on this year’s ball.”

Hargrove’s holiday bazaar items will feature Christmas motifs. “I might also have some papier mache stars,” she said.

A perfect gift may be as simple as a holiday candle that provides soft illumination and holiday smells.

Smithfield’s Woody Davenport started creating all-natural soy candles about seven years ago. “This is kind of a basement operation,” he said.

Davenport is a retired teacher who works part-time as groundskeeper at the United Methodist Headquarters in Crestwood.

The rest of the time he’s up to his nose in scented wax.

All of Davenport’s candles are solid white and come in a variety of scents. “I spend time and money looking for the best scents I can find,” he said.

Davenport has narrowed his offerings to about 15 favorites plus a few seasonal specialties.

Apple Jack and Peel, Eucalyptus Spearmint, Wild Honeysuckle and Orange Peel and Cinnamon are representative of his “all the time” scents.

At the holiday bazaar, Davenport will showcase Christmas inspired fragrances such as Hollyberry, Frankincense and Myrrh, Under the Mistletoe and Christmas Past. “Christmas Past has a Christmas Tree and fruit scent,” he said. “Frankincense and Myrhh is kind of traditional.”

Davenport said the candles he makes are absolutely pure. “They’re 100 percent soy with no additives,” he said. “They really are environmentally friendly.” The wicks are all cotton.

He said they also are very easy to clean up after. “If you have a spill, you can clean it up with just warm water,” Davenport said.

The candles come in eight ounce tins as well as 11 and 15 ounce glass containers.

The bazaar is Saturday, Nov. 8, from 9 a.m. until 4 p.m. at the Henry County 4H Fairgrounds building on U.S. 421. It is sponsored by the Henry County Homemakers Organization. The Tri-County Senior Citizens will provide soups, sandwiches and desserts for sale. For a complete listing of merchants go to www.henrycountyky.com/extension/.

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