Yukon craft festival draws festive crowd

Record number of booths Nov. 4 at Jackie Cooper Gym

Tony Majetic of Yukon sells paintings at his Pumpkin Harvest Craft Festival booth. (Photo by Robert Medley)

By Robert Medley
Senior Staff Writer

The City of Yukon’s Pumpkin Harvest Craft Festival drew a record number of booths and a steady crowd of people who showed up Nov. 4 to see and buy the locally made crafts displayed at booths in the Jackie Cooper Gym, 1024 E. Main.

It was a perfect fall day outside, and the parking lot was full for those who went inside the gymnasium to stroll through the aisles and see the crafts.

Rebecca Smith of Oklahoma City arrived at the front doors with Ronda Smith and Nita Mustain and were welcomed by Yukon Parks & Recreation’s Traven Scott.

“It’s a busy day, we’ve got the craft festival with a bunch of homemade crafts and the library right here with paperbacks and hardbacks,” Scott said.

At a booth with books to benefit the Friends of the Library was Mabel C. Fry Public Library librarian Sara Schieman, who sat with former Yukon librarian Sue Kilmer.

Scoutmaster Jason Owens, Life Scout Brody Griffin and Kimberly Bunch worked a booth to raise funds from sales of Christmas trees made from wooden pallets and other crafts made by members of Boy Scout Troop 30 in Bethany.

Shawna Jackson of My Lil’ Helper Aprons of Yukon sells items at the fall craft festival. (Photo by Robert Medley)
Rebecca Smith, Ronda Smith and Nita Mustain stand next to Traven Scott of Yukon Parks & Recreation at the Pumpkin Harvest Craft Festival. (Photo by Robert Medley)


Barbara Felan and her daughter-in-law Crystal Felan brought their homemade wreaths, candy canes and other red and green Christmas decorations.

They have a business called B&C Creations.

“It’s going pretty good,” said Barbara Felan, who also attended Yukon’s craft festival last year.

Tony Majetic showed his paintings at the craft festival. He explained how he uses a chain for a ceiling fan to dip in paint and create a flowery-looking painting design.

Shawna Jackson of My Lil’ Helper Aprons of Yukon had a booth with full-size crochet items for children.

There were over 50 vendors at Saturday’s craft festival.

“That’s the largest craft fair we’ve ever had,” Nick Rice, YPR’s special operations supervisor.

“There is a lot of cool stuff here for people to buy Christmas gifts for their kids and grandkids.”

The event also featured taco soup, pumpkin muffins and a bake sale.

Scoutmaster Jason Owens, Life Scout Brody Griffin and Kimberly Bunch of Troop 30 in Bethany sell crafts at their booth. (Photo by Robert Medley)
Barbara Felan of B&C Creations sells decorative Christmas items such as wreaths and candle holders. (Photo by Robert Medley)