Beta Sigma Phi craft show

Staff Writer
Aledo Times Record

Shop for handcrafted gifts at Henry County's largest one day craft show on Saturday, Oct. 15 in Galva. Beta Sigma Phi will host its 33rd annual craft show which will feature a wide variety of quality-crafted items from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Galva High School. The event is well known in central and western Illinois, and draws crafters and guests from throughout the region. There is a $2 admission charge. No strollers or pets are allowed inside.

Craftsmen from the Midwest will offer a wide variety of handcrafted seasonal and holiday decorations, candles, wooden items, wreaths, jewelry, toys, dolls and doll clothes, florals, sweatshirts, garden art, baskets, ceramics, placemats, table runners, and pet treats. Apples, pumpkins, kettle corn and mums are also offered. Food will be served in the high school cafeteria, featuring homemade BBQ sandwiches, ham sandwiches, fancy desserts, and pies. You may enter the cafeteria and enjoy lunch without paying the craft show admission fee.

For dealer information, application forms, contact persons, photos of last years show, and directions to the show, visit the website at

Proceeds from the annual craft show are used for community service projects of both the Xi Kappa Gamma and Lambda Nu chapters of the sorority. Past donations have included: Galva Schools decision-making assemblies, accelerated reading books, playground equipment, new sound system for the Galva Junior/Senior High School, jaws for life for the fire department, two yearly scholarships, Christmas Love Trees for the needy, donations to the Senior Citizens Center, Empty Stocking food fund, Galva Food Pantry, Galva Historical Society, Museum, Bishop Hill Heritage Association, Galva Cemetery flowers and signs, an orphanage in India, and hosting socials for the residents of the Lincoln House and Courtyard Estates.

There are 33 members of the Beta Sigma Phi in Galva. Each member serves on a committee for the craft show. This year's chairwomen are Jean Mann and Mary Kay North. Galva is located just six miles from the historic village of Bishop Hill.