Holly Day Fair Back For 54th Season

Bill Kirby Jr.

     You always can count on getting in the Christmas spirit when the Holly Day Fair rolls around.

            It’s been two years due to the COVID pandemic, but now the holiday shopping extravaganza is back after a 2020 hiatus.

            “We are very excited for an amazing show this year,” says Juelle McDonald, co-chairwoman along with Kaia Collins-Frye for the 54th Holly Day Fair sponsored by the Junior League of Fayetteville, of which Collins-Frye is president. “We missed not being able to have the show last year and could not be more thrilled to be able to have the show this year.” 

Juelle McDonald, Left, Kaia Collins-Frye {Contributed Photo}

            The four-day holiday shopping spree kicks off from noon to 8 p.m. on Thursday at the Crown Expo, following a Super Shopper sneak preview from 9 a.m. to noon. Hours are 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday; and 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday. The Super Shopper, according to McDonald, is sold out.

            Admission each day is $10

            Take it from Bill, the Holly Day Fair is worth the price of admission, and it’s where you can find a Christmas gift for everyone on your holiday shopping list. To say there’s something for everybody would be an understatement. You’ll find Christmas tree ornaments you can personalize. Christmas yard displays, jewelry, handmade crafts, clothing, holiday wreaths, children’s toys and the items go on and on.

            Shop until you drop is an understatement, too.

            And you can always take a break at the food court, where the menu has something for every appetite.

            “Over 135 vendors will be in attendance at this year’s event,” McDonald says. “We have some of everything to offer at this year’s show. We are excited that Santa will be joining us again on Sunday. Shoppers will have the opportunity to get photos taken with Santa. Pricing for each photo package varies.” 

            The Holly Day Fair is promoted as the biggest holiday gifts and crafts show in eastern North Carolina, and it draws shoppers from Cumberland County, surrounding counties and from as far away as South Carolina and Virginia.

            “In the past, we have averaged 20,000 shoppers,” McDonald says. “However, this year with COVID, we are not sure of the exact attendance but hope to see close to our 20,000-shopper average.”

Face Coverings Required

            Shoppers, however, are reminded that face coverings are required at the Holly Day Fair.

            “The Public Health Abatement Order remains in place,” says Dr. Jennifer Green, director of Cumberland County Public Health. “Masks are required indoors across Cumberland County. As such, masks are required at the Holly Day Fair since the Crown Complex is within county borders. The health department is also working with the Junior League to have COVID-19 testing and vaccinations on site during the event.”

            While health pandemic trends are improving, Dr. Green said in a news release on Oct. 29, Cumberland County remains high in transmission.

            “Face coverings will be required in the food court and throughout the facility, unless someone is eating or drinking,” Dr. Green says. “If they are eating or drinking, they can remove their face coverings. They should put the face covering back on when they are done eating or drinking. We have encouraged organizers to allow for as much space between tables in the food court as possible. In addition, we’d encourage attendees to stay 6 feet apart from others when they are eating or drinking without their mask on.”

            The abatement order continues to follow the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services guidance for masking, according to the news release. CDC and NCDHHS guidance recommends that everyone wear a mask, regardless of vaccination status in all indoor public spaces if you live in areas of high or substantial levels of transmission as defined by the CDC Community Transmission Map.

Epilogue

            The Holly Day Fair is back.

            You can smell the cinnamon and the pine scent in the air and all the holiday trappings are in place. And all for a worthy cause with proceeds earmarked, according to the Junior League of Fayetteville, to assist in the prevention of homelessness, food insecurity and related concerns affecting children and families in Cumberland County and surrounding communities.

            Bill Kirby Jr. can be reached at bkirby@cityviewnc.com, billkirby49@gmail.com or 910-624-1961