Members of the Leechburg Volunteer Fire Company renew Christmas crafts and vendor fair


A Christmas Craft Fair returns to Leechburg after more than a decade of hibernation.

It has been about 15 years since local artisans, craftspeople and other small businesses showcased their products in the Leechburg Volunteer Fire Company social hall shortly before Christmas.

Company president Brian Scott said the volunteers who had organized it in the past were unable to continue the tradition.

Members Melissa Aller-Tantlinger and Shay Sterlitz have stepped up this year to start over.

“Nobody remembers how it was put together or anything so we’ll all be newbies,” Aller-Tantlinger said. “I just thought since we all do the vendor shows in the summer and everyone is enjoying them, we would have it at the fire station.”

About fifty artisans will be installed on two floors to help with social distancing on December 11 and 12. Free entry.

Masks are not compulsory. However, the fire company encourages sellers and buyers to follow the state’s current covid protocols.

Customers will be able to find hard candy, baked goods, jewelry, tumblers, 3D printed items, Christmas decorations and more. Vendors include Cedar + Slate, Rittner’s Farmhouse Bakery, and Jacksons Custom Designs.

Aller-Tantlinger said she was hoping for a large crowd, as many companies participating in the Fire Company’s summer food truck rallies and shows registered for the two-day event. Santa Claus also plans to visit for a few hours each day.

“This is our first, and we have a lot of suppliers, so I hope they advertise,” she said.

The fire station kitchen will be open to serve food. Other activities include basket raffles hosted by Sherry Price.

“The craft show is a great example of members continuing to give back to the community while also organizing a fundraiser for the fire company,” said Scott. “Melissa had established a very strong network of artisans and vendors from our summer events. Our other company members also help ensure a productive show for the fire company, suppliers and the community.

“(We are) extremely happy to be able to offer the community the opportunity to enjoy a holiday event.”

Michael DiVittorio is a writer for Tribune-Review. You can contact Michael at 412-871-2367, [email protected] or via Twitter .



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