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Shoppers and admirers of hand crafts prepare for “An Affair of the Heart”

By Patrick B. McGuigan
Executive Editor

Oklahoma City’s State Fair Park, N.W. 10th and May Avenue, will host the 2011 fall edition of “An Affair of the Heart,” one of the most popular arts and crafts shows, an event slowly taking on high tech and broader dimensions. “A Unique Marketplace” is the object of the event. The $6 admission price covers all three days of the show, running Friday, Saturday and Sunday, October 21, 22 and 23.

Described as a “one-of-a-kind shopping extravaganza,” the affair includes “treasures of art, crafts, custom furniture, seasonal items, collectibles, decorative items, jewelry, clothing, unusual merchandise and more.” Thousands of exhibitors come from across the United States to participate.

Copies of the autobiography of Gayle Dyer, co-founder of the event, will be sold, with the proceeds to benefit the Toby Keith Foundation’s OK Kids Korral. Keith’s group is building a home where pediatric care patients and families can live during cancer treatments at Children’s Hospital (OU Medical Center), OU Cancer Institute and other facilities.

Broadcasting live from the event will be radio stations, including KOMA, KMGL, KKNB and JAKE. (Stop by to see in person some of our best local radio talents – and tell them The City Sentinel sent you.) Homeland stores is a “presenting sponsor” this year and will be housed at the Hobbies, Arts and Craft building. Home Creations, the metro-area-based homebuilders and designers, will be on hand to lay out “the latest in amenities, design and location.”

More and more things are “wireless” these days – so, Verizon with its 4G and 3G networks will be at the “Affair,” as well. For those in need of cash, ATM machines will be provides in three of the fair buildings (Hobbies, Arts and Crafts, Cox, and Carriage Hall).

Acclaimed charities will be part of the event. Anna’s House Foundation, which provides stable and loving homes for the state’s youngest children in foster care, will be on-site. “Our Sisters Closet,” benefiting the YWCA women’s shelter, and other worthy causes will also be represented.

Co-founder Connie Harris told The City Sentinel, “On behalf of the owners, I would like to welcome back our valued vendors and patrons and extend a personal invitation to visit the show if you have never been. You never know, you just might find that hidden treasure you’ve been searching for.”

Hours for the three day run will be 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Friday and Saturday, then 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Sunday.

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