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The largest craft show in Douglas County, set for Nov. 7 at the Douglas County Events Center in the fairgrounds at Castle Rock, will bring more than 150 vendors from all parts of Colorado with a wide array of jewelry, holiday decorations, wood products, gourmet packaged foods, soaps, candles and other unique items just in time for the holidays.This is the 23rd year for the annual show, which benefits the Castle Rock Senior Center. The event, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., is so large it takes up the entire events center.

In addition to all the arts and crafts available for purchase, the Castle Rock Senior Center organizes a number of special sections at the show. Seniors showcase their talent with quilts, crocheted hats, scarves and baby items, unique bowling ball lawn art, ever popular snowman kits, and painstakingly created one-of-a-kind pieces of jewelry.

Past attendees know to head straight back to the bake sale, which some have billed the county’s best because those grandmas do their baking the old fashioned “from scratch” way. People will want to get there early to get some of the jars of pickles or pickled beets, along with dried spices from this year’s Senior Center garden harvest. There’s also a book sale with hundreds of books up for bargain prices.

The “Grandma’s Attic” section of the show draws crowds for ever-changing treasures on display at bargain “make an offer” prices. A large silent auction features unique themed baskets, antiques, collectibles and unusual items; the bidding closes at 3:00 p.m. An iPad mini 3 and a beautiful quilt will be raffled off at 2:30 p.m. All vendors donate items for door prizes awarded throughout the day. Area businesses and organizations participate by setting up booths in the Community Corner and in the Holiday Wreath Silent Auction by decorating wreaths everyone is welcome to bid on.

More than 2,000 people attended last year’s event. All proceeds go to support the services and programs of the Castle Rock Senior Center, a non-profit activity center for area seniors. The center has about 900 members, conducts about 140 activities each month and provides more than 750 monthly rides to seniors and disabled adults to help keep them living independently.

, “This show, which gets bigger and better each year, truly represents the heart and soul of the senior center and all those older adults in the area that we serve,” says Debbi Haynie, executive director of the senior center. “We appreciate everyone who supports it and embraces our desire to help seniors to love their life in the second half.”

More information is available by calling 303-688-9498 or at www.castlerockseniorcenter.org.