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Ogdensburg Thanksgiving Craft Show moves to bigger location, under new leadership

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OGDENSBURG — This year’s Ogdensburg Thanksgiving Craft Show on Nov. 23 will have as much continuity as it does change.

The event, which has run for more than 25 years, is expanding to a new venue this year, and the Greater Ogdensburg Chamber of Commerce is taking over as the organization responsible for its execution.

Previously organized through the St. Lawrence-Lewis Board of Cooperative Educational Services by Cobblestone Gifts owner Bonnie M. Griffith, the craft show will be put together this year by Chamber of Commerce member Cheryl L. Seymour.

Mrs. Seymour said she already has lined up more than 80 vendors for the show, which will be held at 120 Chimney Point Drive.

For the past two decades, the craft show has been held at Kennedy Elementary School, but Mrs. Seymour said the construction project at that building prevented its use.

The show will run from 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. and admission is $3. Attendees are encouraged to bring canned food items that will be donated to the Ogdensburg Neighborhood Center.

Mrs. Seymour said there will be refreshments, pizza, hot dogs and chili available.

For more information, call the Chamber office at 393-3620.

Mrs. Griffith said she is excited by the new leadership and confident that this year’s event will have all the holiday charm associated with the show in years past.

“It’s fun, it really is,” Mrs. Griffith said of the craft show, which features only handmade goods from vendors who travel from all across the north country.

Mrs. Griffith said the show is a special way for the community to kick off the holiday season, and having so many vendors come to the city is a real treat.

“It’s like 85 stores all in one spot,” she said.

Mrs. Seymour said the event draws about 1,000 people who come for everything from handmade jewelry to soap to chain saw art.

The new venue, which is close to the Ogdensburg International Bridge, will be particularly handy to Canadian visitors, Mrs. Griffith said, and its location right off Route 37 makes it accessible to everyone else.

“I think it will work out great,” Mrs. Griffith said.

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