Submitted by TRIBAL PUBLIC AFFAIRS
FORT HALL — Over 100 vendors from the local region will be showcasing handmade arts & crafts for the Sixth annual Christmas Expo November 29 to December 1 from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. at the Shoshone-Bannock Hotel & Event Center.
There is no admission charge and includes daily family events.
The Christmas Expo opens Thursday, November 29 at 10 a.m. with an opening ceremony to include a welcome by Tribal dignitaries, a hand drum song by Tribal member Tyson Shay and prayer. Lillian Vallely School youth of Blackfoot performance is Thursday at 10 a.m. and Fort Hall Head Start youth perform on Thursday at 12:30 p.m. On Friday, Fort Hall Elementary performs at 1 p.m. and later an Ugly Sweater Christmas Contest is at 5 p.m. On Saturday, tribal performers Alonzo Bighorse and TJ Diaz are doing a special musical performance. Santa Claus will visits from 2 to 4 p.m, followed by a special solo performance by Bryan Hudson singing Great Basin hand drum songs.
Leah Bryan of Newe Creations said, “Our members have a strong history and a passion for creating and selling crafts as well as making a substantial network within our community. Because of our work, we fully understand the importance of selling handmade products therefore we strive in creating a perfect environment for you and your family at our Christmas Expo. We are contributing to the local economy as our hotel is sold out for the weekend and we have many visitors coming in from out of state to attend our annual expo.”
Vendors include both tribal and non-tribal vendors selling handmade beadwork items, toys, baked goods, jewelry, blankets, Pendleton items, candles, oils, along with two massage vendors offering on-the-spot massage services. There will also be a raffle drawing for items including a 49” Smart TV, Shoshone-Bannock Hotel & spa package, a Pendleton vest and various other unique items. Raffle tickets are $5 each or five tickets for $20. Winners will be announced on Saturday, December 1 at 5:30 p.m.
Newe Creations is a small tribal community organization, which focuses on supporting, building, and uniting local vendors, businesses, and community. They have been operating on the Fort Hall Indian Reservation since 2005. To learn more about Newe Creations go to newecreations.com