BOARDMAN, Ohio (WKBN) – The Boardman Rotary Oktoberfest is the area’s largest one-day arts and crafts event.
This year, the event at Boardman Park brought in around 270 vendors from five different states.
One of those vendors was Sue Anderson, who has been part of Oktoberfest for 15 years.
“I generally paint 14 hours a day. So to get some kind of reward out of it is great,” she said.
Anderson’s business is called Yard Decor and More, LLC. Her husband used to help out until he passed away three years ago.
“We always talked, if one of us would die, if the other one would continue on and keep doing the crafts. He would say, ‘I wouldn’t’ and I said, ‘I would,'” Anderson said.
Anderson said that even though it hasn’t been easy, creating art for the community is what she loves to do.
“It’s nice when people appreciate what you do and they tell me I do good work and it makes me feel good,” she said.
Another vendor, Linda’s Bee Farm, sells fresh honey that can help save lives.
“High blood pressure, cholesterol, it builds up your immune system, it’s good for sore throats and it’s good with inflammation. So it’s an all-around product to have,” said vendor Sasha Berry.
Since it is local honey, it also benefits the community.
“It’s very good for your immune system because all of your allergies come from your area,” said vendor Ron Berry.
Linda’s Bee Farm also sells other products including moisturizers, candles and honeycombs.
According to Oktoberfest’s organizers, money from the event goes back into the community.