Hometown Spring Fling Craft Show held

Published 11:09 am Wednesday, May 2, 2018

The Eighth Annual Hometown Annual Spring Fling Craft Show took place on Saturday, but it had a new twist. Shirley Billups, the original mastermind/organizer of the show, turned over the sponsorship of the show to the students of the Paul D. Camp Community College Upward Bound program. On top of that, the event normally held in the fall of the year is now being done in the spring and at the Paul D. Camp Community College’s Regional Workforce Development Center.

Billups noted that the previous shows had been held IN the American Legion building on Armory Drive, and all monies earned at the event had been donated to an organization or a charity.

Travis Parker, the director of the Paul D. Camp Community College Upward Bound Program, was most excited about this new merger, and commented that he hopes it will be a longtime partnership.

Although Upward Bound receives grant funding, Parker hopes that monies earned by this new merger will help the students from Southampton, Franklin and Lakeland high schools in their education pursuits.

As for the event itself, local crafters and supporters were present in large numbers either selling numerous types of craft works or shopping for items of interest.

Interestingly, some of the students of Upward Bound also added a lot of their own ventures into the craft world to the show.

At the end of the event, Parker and members of the Upward Bound pulled tickets and awarded door prizes for those present that had purchased raffle tickets in a spring fling bundle that supported upward bound.