More than 160 crafters, a cultural food booth and a cast of performers will come together this weekend for Cayuga Community College's 42nd annual Holiday Festival Craft Fair.
College Director of Student Activities Norman Lee said attendance for the festival typically hovers around 3,000 over the weekend. He's personally excited for this year's cultural food booths, which will add waffles with ice cream and fruit, but he's seen firsthand how antsy people are to prowl the craft booths for holiday gifts or just wares they want for themselves.
"We have people line up at the door like it's Black Friday that Saturday morning," Lee said. "It's kind of cool."
Along with the marketplace and food will be a two-day marquee of live entertainment. The Auburn Players Community Theater will present a children's play that pays tribute to "How the Grinch Stole Christmas" at 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. both days of the fair. Admission is free.
Rick Martinez, impersonator of Capt. Jack from the "Pirates of the Caribbean" films, will also perform all day both days, with pirate Christmas stories at noon and 3 p.m. both days.
Also on the weekend bill will be Balloon Man Louis Paul, who'll be in the Cayuga Cafe from 1 to 4 p.m. Saturday and noon to 3 p.m. Sunday, as well as puppeteer Stephen Baird, Lee said.
Baird — whom Lee said has been part of the festival since its first year — will once again be doing his part to preserve what's become one of the Auburn area's longest-running holiday traditions.
"It's nice to see we have people who were children holding their mom's hand now bringing their children," Lee said. "It's become a true tradition and part of the community."