HARRISBURG -- Crafters, artists, authors, candy makers and more lined nearly every available space at Southeastern Illinois College Saturday and Sunday, pulling in shoppers from around the region.
Vendors filled the college's gym and also had booths running down the main hallway from end to end.
One enterprising young man, Bailey Drone of Harrisburg, could be seen giving vigorous sales pitches to those who stopped by his booth. Drone was selling the Strawboss finesse float system, a crappie slip-bobber system invented by his grandfather, David Disney of Ridgway.
Drone said he enjoyed the chance to tell potential consumers about the product.
"We had the time available, so we came down this weekend to help," he said.
Mary and Robert Gentry, owners of The Corner Store in Cape Girardeau, Missouri, said they had stayed busy selling their handcrafted confections to customers. Buyers with a sweet tooth could be seen eagerly eyeing the homemade candy on all sides of the booth.
The annual event is a mainstay of November in the region, and serves as an unofficial kickoff to the Christmas shopping season. Many crafters carry Christmas-themed decorations, Christmas trees, ornaments and wreaths.