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Attention crafters... opportunity to be part of a huge community event. Please share with anyone you think may be interested.

MAKE SOME CASH AT THE BASH!!
ARTS AND CRAFT SALE
&
FLEA MARKET
JUNE 24, 2017
12:00 – 6:00PM
WHAT: The Bash is a huge community event hosted by the non-profit Itasca Area Cancer Crisis Fund. The Bash is heavily attended by 4,000 – 5,000 people throughout the day and has been held for 7 years. The Bash includes live music, games and bouncy houses for kids, cornhole tournament, food, beer, bingo, silent auction, and so much more. Check out the website at www.team-bash.org
WHEN: The Bash is held the last Saturday of June. The festival starts at noon and the craft sale will be from 12:00 – 6:00 pm
WHERE: Grand Rapids Minnesota area at Portage Park in Cohasset. A beautiful park located a couple miles outside of Grand Rapids right beside Jay Gould Lake.
VENDOR COST: $75 for a 10 x 10 space (unheard of pricing for an event this large!)
HOW TO PARTICIPATE: Complete vendor application on the other side of this paper. Mail the application, $75 check for vendor fee, and ST19 form to:
Lisa Carsrud
1506 SW 3rd Avenue
Grand Rapids, MN 55744

WHO TO CONTACT WITH QUESTIONS: Email Lisa at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call at 218-259-1133
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The Near Extinction of the Farming Fathers
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Winner Winner Chicken Dinner!

Thanks to all that subscribed and joined the prize give away! I will be contacting each winner individually by tomorrow night, but in the meantime, here are the winners:
scarf: Marni P
scarf: Amanda W
Wallet: Mary G
Brown knit hat: Sally K
tan hat: Jenny S
Wine Bag: Shauna L
Subway gift card: Cari B
Book: Lynn D
Straw Hat: Vicky H
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Cloquet Craft Sale Prize Winners

The winners of the Subway gift cards prize giveaway are Zach H. and Jeanie G.. I will be emailing you separately as well.
Congratulations!!
I enjoy giving, and will be doing random prize giveaways for my loyal subscribers in the future! Stay tuned!
Lisa
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