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Local craftsmen and vendors to gather at Cowboy Christmas Market in Cheyenne


CHEYENNE, Wyo. — The biggest craft fair in Cheyenne will be taking place at the beginning of December, and it offers the perfect opportunity to buy Christmas presents while supporting the local community, organizers said.

The Cowboy Christmas Market will take place on Dec. 10 and Dec. 11 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. each day at the Archer Events Center, 3801 Archer Parkway. There will be over 200 vendors and artisans who come from Wyoming, Nebraska and Colorado. Santa will also be available for pictures with all the children, and a portion of the proceeds will be going to Cheyenne Shriners.

The craft fair was brought to life by Michelle Shimmin, who is also the owner of 307 Made and part of the team at Simplicity 307 Vendor & Events.

With the holiday season in full swing, there are opportunities to support the local community when shopping for the perfect gift.

“It helps because when you spend your dollars here on local people and their products, you help support the local economy,” Shimmin said. “You’re supporting the people who have their artistic side and helping to support the moms whose husbands are out working in another location and [the mom] that is homeschooling her two little girls and it’s her outlet. People make jewelry because that’s their supplemental income during their retirement. You’re supporting the people who live here in Wyoming.

“Everybody’s under a lot of stress these days, I know that the holiday season tends to bring people to be more kind to each other,” she said, “but sometimes there’s still some that don’t, and we just got to be tolerant. Take a deep breath and try to be kind to people.”

307 Made will be having a Small Business Saturday sale on Nov. 26 and will also have refreshments available for those who are watching the parade. The store is located at 1721 Carey Ave.

To learn more about Simplicity 307 Vendor & Events, follow the link here.