LANCASTER, Ontario – Lancaster’s main street was buzzing with activity on Oct. 12, during the town’s fifth annual Harvest Festival.
Hundreds of visitors travelled up and down Lancaster’s downtown, hoping to acquire handmade goods and to possibly get a head start on their Christmas shopping. Products available included wooden signs, baked goods, toys and much more.
New this year in terms of participants, was Henderson’s Grocery and the Lancaster Pizzeria. In addition, the crowd gathered was pleasantly entertained by a DJ.
Amongst the many sellers was Linda Theoret, who exhibited her wares at the festival for the very first time. “It’s been extremely consistent,” she explained, as curious onlookers circled the table she had set up. “I’m from South Lancaster but it’s my first-time taking part in this. I like it.”
Theoret’s dive into the world of handmade crafts began in 2015, following her battle with cancer. “I had cancer in 2014,” she said. “I was looking for something to do, something to keep me busy.”
She began by making little sacks for jewellry, which gradually evolved into woodworking. “I cut the wood, sand it and stain it,” she said, pointing to her many products. “I also work with glass.”