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Holiday Living Show coming Saturday

For more than 25 years, the Business Women’s Association of Halifax County has been ringing in the holiday season with its annual Holiday Living Show, and this year will be no different. 

The show set for Saturday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday from 1 to 5 p.m. at Halifax County High School will feature some of the crowd’s favorite vendors. Admission is $2 and proceeds go to the high school for programs while vendor fee proceeds go to the association.

According to Virginia Cumbey, publicity chair for the event, the association started hosting the show as a way to raise funds to grant scholarships to local area recipients. One of their members working for the local extension office suggested the idea after hosting a similar event with her job. Cumbey said for the past few years the association has given at least $10,000 in scholarships annually which is the amount they hope to raise from this year’s show.

Last year, Cumbey said the association was able to give away seven $1,000 scholarships and seven $500 scholarships, and they gave away six $1,000 scholarships and eight $500 scholarships during the 2010-11 year.

Cumbey said when they first started hosting the show vendors came from places as far as New York and Maryland, but due to the economy vendors don’t come that far anymore. Cumbey said many out of state vendors raved that it was the best show they had been involved with.

 The last five months of the year are crucial for planning the event, and they usually sell out of space with over 100 vendors each year, Cumbey said. 

Baked goods, homemade jewelry, crafts, and sauces are just a few things the vendors offer.

Over the years, Cumbey said the event has attracted vendors that participate annually. Cumbey recalls one of the regulars from Chesapeake saying it was one of their best shows.

In addition to regular participants, Cumbey said the show has several new vendors every year.

Cumbey attributes the show’s growth and success over the years to the Internet, advertisements in local magazines and word of mouth.

Cumbey said a big difference in the show now from when it first started is the introduction of commercial vendors, which has drawn a larger crowd to the show.

The show has been helpful to vendors and the local economy by bringing visitors to the area increasing business for restaurants and hotels and creating venues for networking, Cumbey said.