You could say the start of the holiday shopping season has begun in Elk River.
Shoppers like Karen Wold of Elk River and Carla Cummings of Blaine were among the hundreds to turn out Saturday for the annual Elk Pride Craft Bazaar at Elk River High School.
Wold and Cummings looked jewelry from The Bead Lady of Maple Grove, one of the vendors to fill the school’s gym and commons area.
Proceeds from the space rentals, concessions and raffle go toward educational scholarships for Elk River High School seniors.
The craft show has been running at the high school for many years. Originally started by faculty wives more than 25 years ago, the show has become a school-wide event. Teachers, administrators, students and other staff are participating in a variety of roles from marking the booth spaces to preparing the concession food.
Emmanuel Lutheran Church also hosted a garage and bake sale Saturday, Nov. 3. Proceeds from that sale will benefit the youth missions trips.
The Laestadian Lutheran Church of Elk River hosted its fourth annual Festive Nest craft and bake sale Friday, Nov. 2 and Saturday, Nov. 3. Handmade crafts and baked goods were available. Proceeds will go toward the church’s building fund.