MARYVILLE, Mo. — The eighth annual Christmas Craft & Vendor Fair kicked off the holiday shopping season in Maryville on Saturday at the community center.

The event, put together by Maryville Parks and Recreation, saw more than local 70 vendors participate this year, selling handcrafted wares ranging from food, to jewelry, to toys and everything in between.

Maggie Rockwood, aquatics and events supervisor at MPR, said attendance this year appeared to be roughly in line with previous years, ultimately totaling somewhere around 1,000 shoppers by day’s end. Attendees were required to wear face coverings per city ordinance.

Last year, for the first time, MPR began charging a $1 entry fee for the fair, turning it into one of the organization’s top fundraisers.