Ingomar’s Craft Fair/Flea Market a lot of Fun!

Story by Linda Lou Crosby, Photos – Linda Lou Crosby, Sandy Fennessy, Pam Fanelli

“Neither rain, nor sleet, nor snow….nor wind”….stopped the vendors, flea marketers (new word) or attendees from enjoying the 2nd Annual Ingomar Craft Show and Flea Market on a weathery Sunday.

Folks came from Miles City, Melstone, Custer, White Fish, Sumatra, Billings, Roundup, Musselshell, and Forsyth to enjoy vendors’ hand-crafted items, and special finds offered on flea market tables at the Ingomar Tri-City Rec Center. Vendors offered special soaps, lavender creations, Amigurumi crochet designs, hand-made leather items, beautiful jewelry fashioned from semi-precious stones, Montana Odd Jewelry, clever signs, gorgeous Christmas decorations, magical novels, cowboy poetry and story books; while flea market tables had everything from barely worn fine fashions, and upscale purses, to indoor and outdoor Christmas décor, to kitchenware, firearms, and camo backpacks. And customers made the best of it all.

Attendees also enjoyed a free lunch of Sloppy Joe’s and pumpkin bars….and plenty of hot coffee. Event goers had time to enjoy their lunch and share “Ingomar” stories at the picnic tables. Reportedly, Ingomar cowboy poet and author Owen Badgett made good use of the chow line….a couple of times… while Jenny Hofer, who writes mystical books under the pseudonym Sophia Davidson, found some stunning boots with 5-inch heels at the Flea Market, which she showed off with martial arts moves, to everyone’s amazement.

Sandy Fennessy, from Whitefish, was really pleased with her purchases from gemstone vendor Mark Fjelstad, “I had to go all the way to Ingomar to find great “Bling”….Who knew?”

The Tri-City Rec Center benefitted with a nice donation. And many at the event got terrific door prizes donated by the various vendors. As folks came and went with their finds, Pam Fredericks Fanelli, one of the event organizers, remarked, “It was so much fun. We had no idea how many would come with wind-blown snow flurries, and other weather predictions, but it went off perfectly. There were great vendors with so many choices, and a lot of camaraderie throughout the day.” Even as Craft Show event planners Fanelli, Susie Webber, Emily Olson and Linda Lou Crosby were putting their wares away, and straightening out the Tri-City Rec Center for the next visitors, they began planning “Christmas in July” which will happen during the Ingomar Open Rodeo in 2023. So, stay tuned!

First photo, Entrance to Craft Show. Second photo Vendors, Third photo – Soap and Things on display, Fourth photo – Sandy Fennessy wearing pendant from Craft Show, Fifth photo – Hart Broesel and Morris Ware swap stories, Sixth photo – Sophia Davidson with her books.