Vendors and crafters sought for successful Little Miss Bearcat fundraiser


TAYLOR COUNTY—Fall is quickly approaching, and that means the season of craft and vendor shows is upon us. It also means that it’s football season, and in the coming weeks, the two will come together in a special event.

Each year, as a fundraiser for the Grafton High School (GHS) Cheerleading squad, little ladies take to the community to seek donations all in the name of being crowned Little Miss Bearcat.

Be it through food and bake sales, raffles, drawings or special events, the contestants, along with their cheer sponsors and families, work diligently to raise as much money as possible on their quest to claim the crown, sash and title.

The GHS Cheerleaders then use the money raised for cheer mats, uniforms, warmups, poms, choreography, competition music and cheer equipment.

To get the competition underway, Little Miss Bearcat hopeful Haven Duckworth and her sponsor, GHS senior cheerleader Chloe Saltis have chosen to host a craft and vendor show at the St. Augustine Social Center.

The event is slated for Saturday, September 17, from 9:00 a.m. until 3:00 p.m., giving residents plenty of time to peruse through booths and make selections of their favorite items.

And while the show does not take place for a couple of weeks, Caitlin Duckworth, Haven’s mother, revealed that they are looking for vendors to make the event a smashing success.

Crafters, vendors, artisans and the like can set up in a 10-foot by 10-foot space to sell their wares.

“The space will easily accommodate two tables placed in a L shape fashion,” explained Duckworth. “We are asking that participants bring their own table and chairs to the event.”

Each space may be rented for $30, and payment can be made in various ways to Duckworth. Those wishing to use PayPal may do so by sending payment to [email protected], and Cash App users may send money to $CaitDuckworth.

Duckworth revealed that she also accepts Facebook Pay, or those wishing to make a payment in person may drop off the $30 registration fee at Personal Touch in Grafton.

“All money raised will go to the Grafton High School Cheerleaders,” she reminded. “So, we hope that if you’re a crafter or vendor that you will join us for a day of fun!”

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