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Simplicity 307 hosting annual craft and vendor fair Saturday jointly with Cheyenne Shriners

The Cheyenne Shrine Club donates to a network of medical facilities that provide free care to children.

Shoppers browse a craft and vendor market. (Photo courtesy of Andrea Tompkins/Simplicity 307 Vendor & Event)

CHEYENNE, Wyo. — Fifty craft vendors are setting up shop Saturday for the annual Ladies of the Cheyenne Shrine Club Craft and Vendor Fair. The event is hosted alongside local freemason organization Cheyenne Shriners, which fundraises to support a network of children’s hospitals.

The craft fair will be held from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. inside both the Archer M&K buildings on Archer Parkway. The annual event has been going strong since it began in 2012, according to Andrea Tompkins, marketing manager with Simplicity 307 Vendor & Event, a local women-owned organization that is running Saturday’s event.

Simplicity 307 is putting on the event in tandem with local freemason organization Cheyenne Shriners. A portion of the vendor fees will go to the Shrine Club and help support its operations, Tompkins said. The club also donates funds it generates to the Shriners Hospitals for Children, a network of nationwide medical facilities that provides free care to children with various health conditions. Supporting this organization is personally meaningful to Tompkins, as the hospital personally cared for her late cousin.

“At Simplicity, with four partners, two have directly experienced the impact of Shriners Hospital on their families,” Tompkins told Cap City News.

The craft and vendor fair is being held alongside the Laramie County Sportsman’s Expo, which is set to showcase outdoors-centered businesses and services Friday through Sunday at the Event Center at Archer. The expo will have various activities such as ax throwing, a climbing wall, indoor curling and a game call contest.

“There will be a lot going on for the community to enjoy between both events,” Tompkins said.

Anyone interested in checking out the craft fair should drive to the Archer complexes via Interstate 80, as construction is currently underway on Highway 30.