St. Joseph’s Villa and Court vendor show raises funds for David City FFA groups

September 19, 2018

Tables upon tables of local vendors selling homemade goods filled the lobby of St. Joseph’s Villa and Court for its second annual vendor show on Sunday.

Christina Kadavy, assisted living manager at St. Joseph’s, said the show had 27 vendors in attendance this year and all proceeds raised went to the David City and Aquinas high schools’ FFA (Future Farmers of America) programs. Last year, the 75 people attended the fair and raised about $1,000. The money went to help pay Chad Fuller’s medical bills, who was the assistant principal at David City High School and was paralyzed from the neck down in a lake accident last summer.

“We’re always looking out for the community, raising funds, trying to help where it needs to be,” Kadavy said.

At a table selling handmade wooden door signs was Kasey Kuhlman of David City. After a trip to a boutique in Lincoln six years ago, she came across a Husker themed door sign for sale at the price of $50. Realizing she could make one for much less, she said she decided to do just that and got to work. Soon she made a sign for her Mom, and then a few for some friends, and then some more signs until it snowballed into her business, Kreations by Kasey.

Kuhlman said that she made quite a few sales at the fair last year and anticipated even more sales this year.

“It’s been really well, I actually brought 10 more signs than I did last year, and I still think I’ll sell out,” Kuhlman said. “Yeah, it was a really good show.”

At another booth selling crocheted goods was Brooklyn Stara of David City. In stock, she has hundreds of ear warmers, boot cuffs and hats all knitted by hand. While the 18-year-old had been knitting and crocheting since she was 11, she has only been selling her wares at places like the St. Joseph’s vendor show for the past couple of years.

Even though Stara just started her first term as a freshman at Doane University in Crete, she said that she somehow manages to find time to knit between classes and homework. Depending on the design, a single hat can take her anywhere from 30 to 90 minutes to complete.

Stara attended the show last year and said she thought the crowd of attendees was larger but added that many of the people who came last year were in attendance this year as well.

“It’s not as busy as it was last year, but it’s still really doing good. I’ve made a bunch of sales and have seen a lot of the same people,” Stara said. “Which is good because they remember us.”

Eric Schucht is a reporter for The Banner-Press. You can reach him at eric.schucht@lee.net.

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