The 24th annual “Hard Candy Christmas” craft show drew large crowds of artists and shoppers to Western Carolina University’s Ramsey Center last Friday and Saturday. More than 100 artists from all over the southeast set up booths around the arena and displayed an array of wares ranging from nature photography to recycled art, to glass blown jewelry, and art made out of horse shoes.
The events promoter, Doris Hunter, an artist and Macon County native, worked to create a Christmas craft show in Franklin to highlight the area's best artisans. The Friday and Saturday after each Thanksgiving was selected for the event in hopes that as the biggest shopping weekend of the year would help promote business for the event. “This year’s event was our largest yet,” said Hunter, “We had 114 exhibitors, who all had a wide variety of crafts.”