The band “Lighthouse 3113” from Holyoke, Colo. performed classic country hits and songs from the 50s and 60s during the SW Nebraska Crafters & Entrepreneurs Christmas Festival. From left, Dave Landes, Lyle Worley, Marianne Landes and Mark Meusborn, all from Holyoke. (Johnson Publications photo)

Carol Fleshman, right, from Holyoke, Colo., calls her business “Carol’s Cluttered Closet.” She makes dog beds and dog coats. Mercedes Hauxwell from Imperial, middle, and daughter Faith try to decide on which dog bed they like best. (Johnson Publications photo)

Amanda Schmidt, left, smiles in front of her display of handmade bar soap and bath products made with milk from her own 50 goats. She calls her business “VRBKA KOZA.” Her cousin, Samie Johnson, right, and daughter, Alex Johnson, were there to help however needed. All three are from Grant. (Johnson Publications photo)

Hive of activity at entrepreneurs, crafters Christmas Festival

    The Imperial city gym parking lot was a sea of cars on Saturday.
    From 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., the SW Nebraska Crafters & Entrepreneurs held their Christmas Festival.
    Approximately 30 booths were set up in the gym displaying everything from Christmas decorations, children’s books, handmade soap and bath products, wood crafts, photo booth, makeup, jewelry, re-purposed items, baked goods and much more.
    Arlys Cupp and her “Latte Da” truck were stationed in the parking lot for shoppers to purchase coffee, frappes, smoothies and meal deals.
    There were entrepreneurs from all around the area selling their wares and handing out business cards.  
    Several of the booth owners had interesting stories behind how they got started with their product.
    One of those booths was set up by Amanda Schmidt from Grant. Her business was called “VRBKA KOZA.”
    Schmidt said she was a fourth generation Czechoslovakian descendant whose maiden name was “Vrbka.” Koza means “female goat” in Czech. Put them together, she said, and you have “VRBKA KOZA.”
    This booth featured handmade soaps and bath products made with the milk from her own goats, she said. She added that she owned 50 goats that alternately provide the milk for the formula in her product.

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