Grace McCullough gets her face painted by Eliza Paton. (Photos by Elisa Walker)
NORTH WEBSTER — The fifth annual Kosciusko Kid’s Business Fair took place in the North Webster Community Center’s gym to fit in all 29 booths. Kids are smart and were able to prove it through unique projects and astounding displays.
Through grades K to eight, the young creative entrepreneurs showcased their products and services for fair visitors to buy or invest in. Several proceeds went to charitable causes such as providing adoption funds for a family, donations for orphanages in Ethiopia, assisting local food pantries or Relay for Life.
From the all-time-favorite slime project and baked goods to home spa products and original artwork, the kids’ displays had adults digging into their wallets. A few booths had even sold out before the halfway point of the fair.
For best presentation K to 2 was Lilly’s Cupcake Heaven, 3 to 5 was Deep Sea Treasures, 6 to 8 was Devin’s Deck.
For most business potential k to 2 was Mikaela’s Relaxation Station, 3 to 5 was Sister’s Spa Sensation, 6 to 8 was Poppin’ with My Pop.
For best originality K to 2 Dax’s Vintage Bottles, 3 to 5 was Miss Aubrey’s Trinkets Etc., 6 to 8 was Ufo’s Art ‘n Stuff.
K.C. Lips by Kourtney Caldwell had a wide variety of lip balm to choose from, all of which were made from natural products.
Alexis Stump and Anna Shock’s booth, The Super Shop, had a wide variety of products that included canvases, unique glassware, customized slime and sugar scrub.
Gabby Grasmick opened up her patriotic-themed popcorn booth.
Grace’s Crochet Shop feature Grace Grasmick who displayed her crocheting creations as a way to show people the interesting stuff that could be made. In crocheting for a few years, her favorite thing she’s made so far is a cat.
Nadia Whalen and Paige Cunningham used recycled jean material to craft into handbags, hair ties and more to create Cool Jeans.
Sister’s Spa Sensations consisted of various home spa treatments, from bath bombs and sugar scrubs to lip care. Ashlynn and Kaleigh Corn will give their profits to an adoption fund for a family friend.
Poppin’ with My Pop occurred when Sierra Delafuente and her dad, Jaime, were craving something late one night, which resulted in them looking over recipes to make some of the most delicious kettle corn together.
Face the Paton Sister’s Wild Face Paints let Eliza and Annabelle Paton get creative and decorate other kids’ faces at the fair.
Daxton Stimmel of Preserving History, Dax’s Vintage Bottles went on an adventure with his dad in the woods of the Tri-County Game Preserve where they discovered bottles from the 1950’s and 1960’s. After researching they discovered some of the bottles went for $30 online, but they sold them only for $5 at the fair.
Lilly’s Cupcake Heaven let Lilliana Frank do what she enjoys — baking and providing specialized customer service.
Jojo’s Crafts by Joslyn Kolberg offered a variety of crafts. Proceeds from the booth will go to local food pantries and police charities.
Miss Aubrey’s Trinkets Etc. featured crafty necklaces and candles that Aubrey Gerber handmade and perfected through lots of experimentations.
Life Dips by Lynk Klinefelter featured paint dipped and decorated picture frames and motivational sayings.
Raily Klinefelter tells an interested customer about her R m K Designs, which included handcrafted necklaces, Girl Scout Cookies and chocolate pretzels.
Carter’s Lemonade featured Carter Wolfe’s favorite drink, which thirsty shoppers took advantage of.
Deep Sea Treasures held a wide variety of options for lake lovers. From necklaces with fish charms and motivations charms to magnets, there’s one for everyone. Vice President Dave Sigler and CEO Sawyer Grimes stated that proceeds will go to Wawasee Area Conservancy Foundation.
Payton Minear made her own special slime as she enjoys making it and finds it satisfying.
Pet Palace embodies Julia Stover’s love for animals by offering organic dog treats, toys made from recycled fabric, framed drawings and cards of original artwork.
Ufo’s Art and Stuffs debuted Lacey Lucas’s original artwork. In selling prints, she can share her art and thanks her parents for their unyielding support.
Sticky Fingers let Layclan Saylor enjoy making slime and stress balls. After attending last year’s fair and seeing other slime presentations, he decided it was something he’d like to try.
Origami is something Kendel Josey enjoys doing after discovering a book that taught her how to make different figures. She sees herself continuing to make origami in the future as it’s a calming craft that helps her when she becomes stressed.
Davin Van Lue’s final year in the fair featured unique lake-themed signs as well as magnets with varying cancer ribbons and a wine glass holder. All the products were made with reclaimed wood from Dewart Lake and all proceeds will go to Relay for Life.
Mikaela’s Relaxation Station, by Mikaela Wilson, featured slime, sensory bags, stress balls and bath bombs to reach people who need to be relaxed in different ways.
Landon Marsh’s Cookie Crumbs sold dog treats of different flavors.
After always asking her mom to make things, Becca Paton took it into her own hands to make her favorite baked goods. Through Becca’s Baked Goods she was able to share some of her favorites with others.
Sloth Love was created by Ava Crosby so she could raise donations to help endangered sloths. The bath bombs sold were made from natural ingredients.