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Christmas Arts and Crafts show had their best turnout

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PASCO, Wash., -- About 11,000 people showed up this weekend to shop at Custer's 15th Annual Christmas Arts and Crafts Show at the TRAC in Pasco. More than 150 artists displayed their work, including: jeweler, pottery, wood working, metal art, photography, water colors, candles, seasonal décor and more.  More than 20 artists are new to the show this year. Many of them traveled from all over the west coast and many of them say they don't see the signs of a recession here.

"These people shop, they're here buying their Christmas gifts..they're looking at the quality of the merchandise and it's busy, the time flies and we do very well here," says Jo Ann Baughman, whose husband Lee crafts wooden salt and pepper grinders.

The owner of the show, Cheryl Custer-Branz says this is one of the busiest events they've had in 15 years, and the attendance was record breaking.  "We know that the artists do very well.  There's a strong economy here in the Tri-Cities.  I certainly feel that there's more buying this year than there has been in previous years.  We're feeling much more optimistic about the economy," says Custer-Branz.

She says they have a 90-percent return rate with artists coming back to the Tri-Cities each year, and it's their best show.   The next Custer's arts and crafts show is March 25-27.